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This update features six new biographies of significant figures from the world of popular entertainment. Highlights include barrier-breaking television star Mary Tyler Moore; Art Linkletter, the host of radio and television programs like House Party and People are Funny; Bob Elliott of the long-running comedy team Bob and Ray; and Don Rickles, the noted actor and insult comic.
Mary Tyler Moore (1936–2017), actress and producer, reshaped the world of television in multiple ways, on both sides of the camera. She founded her own production company, MTM Enterprises, which launched the smash hit The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The originality and impact of the show cannot be overstated: revolutionary for TV to that point, Mary Richards was unmarried, over thirty, child-free, and a professional. Overall, Moore was nominated for fourteen Emmys, nine Golden Globes, and one Academy Award. She was awarded two special Tonys and several Lifetime Achievement Awards.