No More Turning The World On With Her Smile: Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, left, with Dick Van Dyke, right. acted together on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966. The two had incredible chemistry and Moore won an Emmy award. Unfortunately show creator Carl Reiner stuck to his promise of a five year run for the series.

Greenwich, CT—Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her groundbreaking single woman with a career 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia Wednesday. She was 80.

First gaining fame for portraying Dick Van Dyke’s hot wife in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961 to 1965, Moore also appeared in such TV shows as “Ellen,” “The Ellen Show” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She won one Emmy Award for her performance on “Dick Van Dyke” and two more for her work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

On the big screen, Moore appeared in such films as “X-15,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “RECOiL” and was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in “Ordinary People.”

She is survived by her third husband, Dr. Robert Levine.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, right, met RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left, soon after the conclusion of The Dick Van Dyke Show. The two produced a pilot but some said the chemistry wasn’t there. The show was never picked up.

“I Get To Lose Myself In My Work:” A TDQ Q&A With Costume Designer Marina Toybina

Marina Toybina

Marina Toybina’s latest Emmy award was for a costume that appeared in the 55th annual Grammy Awards. All she needs now is Tony award for a costume used in a musical based on the Oscar awards and she will have an E.G.O.T.!

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with Emmy Award-winning costume designer Marina Toybina. Marina spoke with us about her Russian roots, her designer inspirations and what it’s like dressing Hollywood’s biggest names. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A With Marina Toybina:

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be a costume designer?

Marina Toybina: I’ve been designing for quite some time now and have had the pleasure and the opportunity to experience all sides of design. Costume design feels to be the most appropriate world for me, at least for right now. I get to lose myself in my work; where I can truly express my creativity and imagination to its full potential.

TDQ: Who was your favorite designer growing up? 

MT: Alexander McQueen and Eiko Ishioka.

TDQ: You have worked with such stars as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber, just to name a few… Who has been the most fun to work with? 

MT: All of these great artists have been a dream to work with. Each experience differs from the other and I’ve been very fortunate to say the least, to be able to design in such diverse measures.

TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

MT: To quit on my dreams and find something else that will offer me stability and “normalcy”….this particular advice made me risk it all and do the complete opposite. I’m beyond grateful that words of negativity had a different outcome for me.
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Mrs. Krabappel, Marcia Wallace Has Died

Marcia Wallace

Marcia Wallace, left, met RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right, on the set of The New $25,000 Pyramid. DiMaio was a contestant and used all of his winnings (roughly $300) to produce his film RECOiL. Wallace agreed to appear in the film to, in her own words, “get him to shut up about it!”

Los Angeles—Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Bart Simpson’s 4th grade teacher, Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” has died at 70. The cause of her death has not been released.

Wallace first came to the attention of television audiences playing the role of Carol Kester on “The Bob Newhart Show” for six seasons during the 1970s.

She was also a staple on TV game shows, appearing on “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “Hollywood Squares,” “Match Game” and “Super Password.”

Besides television, Wallace had a prolific theater career. She also appeared on the big screen in such films as “My Mother The Werewolf,” “Teen Witch,” “RECOiL” and “Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College.”

Wallace was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985 and later became an activist and lecturer on the disease. She won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her portrayal of Krabappel. Producers of “The Simpsons” have confirmed the character will be retired.

She is survived by her adopted son, Michael Hawley.

My Hero’s Gone: Eugene Polley, Inventor Of The TV Remote Control, Has Died


Downers Grove, IL—Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless remote control device for televisions, died May 20 of natural causes. He was 96.

In 1955, Zenith introduced Polley’s Flash-Matic remote control, which used a flashlight-like device to activate photo cells on the TV to change channels.  
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From The Editors: We Totally Forgot There Were 29 Days In February This Year…

Happy Leap...Day?

This is the best the art department could come up with on such short notice.

Ooof! Our bad. We totally forgot that today was Leap Day, or February 29th, or whatever the hell day this date is called officially. We totally have nothing to talk about and no pieces prepared to publish today. Sorry about that.

But, of course, our advertisers expect us to put something out every day, so…here you go.

Anyway…I guess…the election! Yeah, it’s an election year, right? How about those Republican primaries? Crazy, right? Yeah…crazy…
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