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Documentary Being Mary Tyler Moore Sets HBO Debut

The new film follows Mary Tyler Moore’s trailblazing career as an actor and advocate.

Being Mary Tyler Moore, an HBO Original documentary film directed by Emmy Award winner James Adolphus (Soul of a Nation), will debut on May 26. The film will air on HBO from 8-10pm ET/PT and will be available to stream on Max.

The film chronicles the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017), a screen icon who broke boundaries for female representation on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’60s and ’70s. She went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1980 film Ordinary People, and later in life, became a global advocate for diabetes research.

On Broadway, Moore starred in a musical adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which closed in previews), as well as a production of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, performing opposite James Naughton. She is also well-known in the Broadway community for co-founding Broadway Barks, an annual animal adopt-a-thon, alongside her friend Bernadette Peters.

Participants in the documentary include directors Rob Reiner, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, and Jim Burrows; actors Ed Asner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lena Waithe, Phylicia Rashad, Bernadette Peters, and Joel Grey; writers and producers Allan Burns, James L. Brooks, Norman Lear, Debra Martin Chase, Treva Silverman, and Susan Silver; and Moore’s husband, Dr. S. Robert Levine.

Being Mary Tyler Moore made its world premiere at the 2023 SXSW Festival. Watch the trailer below.