Mary Tyler Moore Once Revealed How She Handled Adversity: ‘What Else Are You Going to Do?’

by Halle Ames

Actress Mary Tyler Moore once opened up about how she handled adversity in her life, showing just how strong she was.

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in New York City. Throughout her life, she battled through high and low points that almost anyone would struggle to overcome.

In a 1999 interview with the Post-Gazette, Mary Tyler Moore revealed how she dealt with trying times in her life.

“I would love to be able to give a philosophical answer that I thought would have some weight with others who are facing similar situations, but I really think it’s a matter of, given the option, what else are you going to do but get over it and go on? Although getting over it is not the right phrase. It’s accepting it.”

Mary Tyler Moore Faced Tragedy Time and Time Again

Moore was no stranger to death. She lost or parted ways with many people close to her throughout her 80 years. With her whole life in the spotlight, what else could the Hollywood star do but “accept it.”

Mary Tyler Moore was the oldest of three children, to George Tyler and Marjorie Moore. She lost her younger sister at the age of 21 due to a deadly combination of painkillers and alcohol. Additionally, when her young brother was only 47, he lost a battle with kidney cancer.

When the actress was just 18, she married her first husband, Richard Carleton Meeker. Six weeks after the two exchanged “I do’s,” Tyler Moore found herself pregnant with her only child.

Moore and Meeker divorced in 1962. Within the same year, she married CBS executive Grant Tinker. However, by 1979 the two also called it quits, and the divorce was finalized two years later.

Tragedy struck again in October of 1980, when Moore’s only child, Richard Jr., died from an accidental gunshot to the head.

Three years later, Mary Tyler Moore walked down the aisle one last time with cardiologist Robert Levine. They stayed together for 34 years until her death in 2017.

In 1995, she published her memoir called After All, where she opened up about her battle with alcohol abuse and how she was since recovering. She also highlighted what it was like to live with type 1 diabetes.

Mary Tyler Moore discovered she had the disease after suffering a miscarriage in 1969.

In 2011, Moore underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.


As we said, the woman suffered enough tragedy in her life.

However, she found joy by advocating for type 1 diabetes awareness by using her fame to serve as the Chairperson for the JDRF and raise funds.

She also was an animal rights activist, working closely with the ASPCA and Farm Sanctuary. Furthermore, she promoted pescatarianism due to her stance on farm animal treatment.