‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’: Why Did Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker Divorce?

Mary Tyler Moore Exhibition one of the most popular shows from the ’70s. Mary Tyler Moore starred as Mary Richards, an early 30s woman who remained unmarried and led by a career. But in real life, Moore was not unmarried. she is in fact marry three times, with her marriage to Grant Tinker as one of the most famous.

So why did Tinker and Moore eventually separate? Here is what we know.

Mary Tyler Moore married Grant Tinker in 1962 after she divorced her first husband

Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker
Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Moore didn’t spend time after high school before tying the knot. Heavy notes that she graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles when she was 18, and married Richard Carleton Meeker, who was 28. Meeker and Moore eventually had a son, but could not to finally make their relationship. They divorced in 1961, six years after their marriage.

When Moore separated in 1961, she remarried in 1962. Bride note that Tinker and Moore founded the production company, MTM Enterprises, in 1970. MTM Enterprises were the ones who introduced them. Mary Tyler Moore Exhibition to life.

Unfortunately, Moore seems to have jumped in too quickly with Tinker. People notes she wrote about Tinker’s autobiography, after all:

I wish I had overcome the loneliness I sometimes felt and looked at myself before grabbing the very good hand that extended Grant A. Tinker. He was elegant, witty, and educated. He was also in a power chair. What could have been more humbling for an insecure, career-minded father seeker?

Moore said her relationship with Tinker felt ’empty’

Mary Tyler Moore smiles as she stands next to her husband, Grant Tinker
Mary Tyler Moore smiling as she stands next to her husband, Grant Tinker | Frank Edwards / Fotos International / Getty Images

Moore and Tinker seemed to have it all, because they had a ton of success with it Mary Tyler Moore Exhibition. Unfortunately, Moore did not feel fulfilled by her relationship with her husband.

“He was offered a job in programming at NBC, and he was very happy,” she wrote in her memoir, according to People. “I told him at the time, ‘I bet we’ll be a golden couple on television.’ What I didn’t see then was how empty the relationship would be. ”

Moore went on and explained that she and Tinker were always working. And their arguments got worse over the years. “One night in 1973, after dinner and an argument, he said he thought we should separate, that we had ‘poisoned their marriage,'” Moore said. As a result she fell to her knees and had a baby-like tantrum “she was never allowed as a child.”

Moore and Tinker completed a split for six weeks and moved back in together in Beverly Hills. But Moore ended up having a relationship, and Tinker moved on as well. “When I returned to Los Angeles for Christmas, I discovered that there was someone else in Grant’s life now,” she wrote. “We moved on in a dumb concert.” They separated in 1981.

Moore married Robert Levine in 1983

Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine
Mary Tyler Moore and her husband Dr. Robert Levine | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Moore’s love story with Tinker did not end. She finally moved on with doctor Robert Levine. People notes they met in 1982 after Moore’s mother was in the hospital and receiving treatment from Levine.

“After seeing her mother a second time, I said to Mary, ‘If there’s an emergency, just let me know,'” Levine told people back in 1984. “And Mary said, ‘ to count? ” And I said, ‘Yes.’ ”

While Levine was 15 years younger than Moore, they fell hard and quickly in love. “He’s really related,” producer Emanuel Azenberg said of Levine. “There is no doubt that they are in love. They are both too honest to stay with the relationship if they are not. ”

Moore eventually died in January 2017 at the age of 80, and was survived by Levine. “I can’t believe she’s gone,” Levine said, according to People. “Mary was my life, my light, my love. The emptiness I feel without me is bottomless. … As long as we all remember her, talk about her, share our stories about her, and what she meant to us, her light will never go out. ”

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