April 21, 2010

Mary Richard's Minneapolis

Today we decided to scout out some of the locations used in the most Emmy-Winning television show prior to 2002, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

We drove into Minneapolis much like Mary Richards did in the show's original opening theme.

In the show, Mary first lived at 119 N. Weatherly, a house also occupied by Rhoda Morgenstern and Phyllis Lyndstrom.

The house is actually located on Kenwood Parkway in a rather exclusive neighborhood.

Just a short distance from the house we came across Lake of the Isles, where Mary is shown walking in the opening theme.

On Nicollet Mall we located the statue TV Land erected in 2002, as a tribute to Mary throwing her hat in the air.

WJM-TV, Mary's employer, was located in this building in downtown Minneapolis and also shown in the original opening.

Click here to see the original opening for the show which debuted on September 19, 1970.

In later seasons, the opening featured Mary dining on the terrace at IDS Center's Basil's Restaurant.

Rhoda and Mary are also seen walking past Burch Pharmacy. As of today, Burch Pharmacy was holding a "going out of business" sale.

In 1975, Mary moved to this high-rise apartment. Its address was 932 N. Weatherly in the show. In actuality, Cedar Riverside Plaza is several miles away.

Take a look at the opening theme in later years by clicking here.

Note the transformation of "How will you make it on your own?" to "Who can turn the world on with her smile?"

For more pictures of Mary Richard's Minneapolis, click
here .

To be continued...

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