Friday, May 3, 2019


"Herbie J Pilato is a true 'keeper of the flame' for classic TV.  In MARY, he’s given us an extensive, humanizing look at one of the medium’s biggest icons; the good, the bad and sometimes, ugly. But it’s real. He’s spoken to all the right people...and I’m betting there’s a lot here that will surprise even the most devoted fans." 

- Peter King, Correspondent, CBS News Radio

“An absolutely riveting and brilliant biography of an American icon. An instant classic! Only a skilled writer like Herbie J Pilato could bring us this comprehensive look at one of America's greatest television icons. Pilato wonderfully navigates the reader through her ups and downs…her amazing success and failures along the road. Pilato does not pull any punches. He is truthful, candid and frank- yet respectful of Ms. Moore. An amazing biography…Pilato hits a home-run with this great book!" 

- Rick Lertzman, writer/producer

“…several hundred pages that slowly peel back the iconic [actress] to introduce the reader to the real woman…the author has done such an excellent job in revealing her to be human, with all the foibles and fears and doubts and issues that brings along with it.”

- Steve Thompson, Forces of Geek

"For anyone who's been waiting for a definitive look at the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore, the wait is over. MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY is filled with revelations and delivers the goods."

- Ed Gross,

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY - an epic opus about the beloved MTM."

- Greg Hernandez, Greg in Hollywood

“What Herbie J Pilato has given us is a one-stop tome that covers everything one could ask for about Moore herself, her colleagues, her relationships, her misfires and triumphs, her self-consciousness and lack of self-esteem in terms of her looks,  not to mention her causes like diabetes research and animal rights…[a] very detailed and balanced tribute.  Someone needed to write this book and who better than Herbie J Pilato. He knows how to do it.”

- Dr. Wesley Britton, for

The Latest Buzz on Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato appears on the Doug Miles Media podcast and chats about MARY

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Herbie J Pilato appears on "The Tom Barnard Show" podcast, and chats about MARY.

Friday, April 19, 2019

You'll Fall in Love with "Jimmy & Sam"

You’ll fall in love with Jimmy & Sam, the lead characters and title of the new play written by Michael Rhodes, Pat Harrington and Howard Storm.  A dynamite production with a dynamite cast including Storm, Chris Winfield, and Teresa Ganzel, Jimmy & Sam is family entertainment for all ages.  

Funny and warm but minus the schmaltz, the story, directed by Johnny Crear and produced by Michael Carazza, centers around two male seniors, friends for more than four decades, and now both retired.  

Jimmy, played by Winfield, is a former dockworker is Irish, and Storm's Sam, a former barber, is Jewish.  Suddenly, as the play’s press release succinctly describes it, “…they’re roommates looking for laughs, love and easier days.”  Meanwhile, into their midst, appears  Ganzel, magical as always, as a likable interloper.  And all of it is performed to perfection with a fine balance of comedic timing and poignancy.

Recently and exclusively previewed with a special reading at the historic Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood, this edition of Jimmy & Sam foreshadows nothing but more wonderful things to come.  Delightfully narrated by Brenda Varda, with staging coordination by Winfield, and optimum sets provided by the Group Repertory Theatre, Jimmy & Sam will continue to deliver the goods…the very goods…with fine directing by Crear, top-notch producing by Carazza, and a senior class of performers, with the emphasis on class!     

Thursday, January 31, 2019

All about MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY by Herbie J Pilato

Book Signings/Personal Appearances with Herbie J Pilato about MARY
Cerritos Millenium Library, Cerritos, CA, Wednesday, June 12th, 7:30 PM, in the Skyline Room

PRINT Interviews with Herbie J Pilato about MARY

The Los Angeles Post Examiner

Closer Weekly Magazine

PODCAST Interviews with Herbie J Pilato about MARY

With Cyrus Webb

With Scott Smith

PRESS Previews about MARY

The Life and Times of Hollywood

The Hollywood Times

The USA Daily Times



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For more information, contact:  
Michelle Freed-Bulgatz  
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Herbie J Pilato
(310) 480-0067

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A visit with Cindy Williams and Lydia Cornell

It was wonderful to visit with my dear friends Cindy Williams and Lydia Cornell this past weekend at The Hollywood Show in at the Los Angeles Westin.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MARY, the new biography about Mary Tyler Moore, by Herbie J Pilato

MARY, Herbie J Pilato's new biography about Mary Tyler Moore, will soon be published by Jacobs Brown Press.

Stay tuned for details!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Rose Marie's "Laugh" Worth Its "Wait" in Gold

Wait for your laugh...your tears...your wonder...your amazement in anticipation before and after watching Wait For Your Laugh, the stunning new documentary about entertainment legend Rose Marie, best known as Sally Rogers on classic TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show.

Carl Reiner, another TV icon, who created the Van Dyke Show (and has written, directed and been featured in countless classic television shows and films) has named Wait For Your Laugh one of the "best documentaries" he has ever seen.

Such praise is not unwarranted.

Every aspect of Rose Marie's lengthy and remarkable life and career is covered with professional and compassionate, yet objective precision in Wait For Your Laugh.  Director Jason Wise and his co-writing wife Christina Wise have crafted a daring cinematic tale of truth with skill, care and unique perspective and technique rarely if ever seen in the documentary format.

Narrated by Peter Marshall, another still-vibrant performer, and the host of TV's Hollywood Squares game show (on which Rose Marie appeared for years), Wait For Your Laugh features never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and images not only of the Van Dyke Show but from Squares, The Doris Day Show (on which Rose Marie also performed in a regular role), and her pre and post Van-Doris-Squares live performances, namely from her earliest live performances as 5-years-old as "Baby Rose Marie," to much later in the hit senior pre-Golden Girls-esque-inspiring live show "Four Girls Four" (in which Rose Marie starred along pal Rosemary Clooney, George's aunt, Margaret Whiting, and Helen O'Connell, the latter with whom the "Laugh" star notoriously and honestly clashed).

Delivered with dynamite details are, among other adventures, the tales of her truest love life with loyal husband Bobby Guy (the unheralded master trumpet player), and early career support from none other than Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel (who founded Las Vegas).

New on-screen interviews include those with Rose Marie herself, Reiner, Van Dyke, Marshall, Tim Conway (who Rose Marie discovered), writer/producer and Marie fan Dan Harmon (of TV's Community fame), Georgia Marie Guy (Rose Marie's dedicated daughter with Bobby Guy), and Rose Marie's earnest publicist Harlon Boll (who also served as one of the film's associate producers).

Each voice, face and unseen talent showcased behind and in front of the cameras of Laugh leaves the audience waiting for more of the film's winning ways.

"Wait" unwavering celebrates the much-deserved Rose Marie, who has brought so much love, energy, and talent to every aspect of not only her own personal and professional life, but every life she has ever touched or influenced, whether they were or remain close in her inner circle or the countless fans around the world who continue to be so inspired by her grand heart, humor, and persona.

So, until Wait For Your Laugh II hopefully, one day follows, don't wait, but run to see the original Wait For Your Laugh...which holds at its center an original all of its own, in the guise of reining shining star Rose Marie.


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