Newsweek’s 1960s Sexist Version of a Compliment

Mary Tyler Moore, the magazine said, was “the fantasy girl of the American dream … bright but not aggressive, wholesome but not puritanical, funny but not slapstick.”


Jews, People with Moustaches, and People who Live in New York

“Our research says American audiences won’t tolerate divorce in a lead of a series any more than they will tolerate Jews, people with mustaches, and people who live in New York.” — CBS executives rejecting Mary Tyler Moore Show creators Jim Brooks’ and Allan Burns’ first proposal for the premise: that Moore play a divorced woman