Monday, December 29, 2008

Ordinary Mary

I read that it's Mary Tyler Moore's birthday today....she's 71.

She's really accomplished a lot in her life to this point. Of course, I remember her very well from the classic "Mary Tyler Moore Show". But, it really got me thinking again about how good she was as Beth, the emotionally-disconnected mother, in the 1980 film "Ordinary People" (it won the Best Picture Oscar that year).

That film really affected me as a kid, which resulted in countless viewings over the years (I can still quote most of the movie to this day). All of the performances are top-notch (Timothy Hutton won the Best Supporting Actor award) and it's still difficult watching them all disfunctionally navigate through their intense feelings of grief and loss.

If you've never seen the movie, you should rent it.

Then, when it's done, you can cheer yourself up a bit and go watch an MTM rerun somewhere, like this famous "Chuckles the clown" clip...

"Oh, Beth"...Happy Birthday!

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