Thursday, November 29, 2018



Jacobs Brown Press


by Herbie J Pilato

(Jacobs Brown Press, January/2019)

On January 25th, 2019, Jacobs Brown Press will publish MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, by best-selling and critically-acclaimed author Herbie J Pilato (Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door: Television’s Iconic Women from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, among others.


How is MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY different from any previous book about or by the iconic performer? 

·     MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY is the first, full-length, objective biography of Mary’s entire life and career, from the day she was born in 1936 until the day she left this world in 2016.  No other biography or book about her, not even her own memoirs, discusses as honestly and as thoroughly her personal and professional existence.

·     Beyond Moore’s two memoirs (from 1995 and 2008), previous biographies (from the 1970s and the 1980s), and guidebooks about The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show ( Mary’s biggest TV hits), MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY explores in-depth for the first time personal and professional struggles and triumphs she experienced before, during and after the countless other TV productions, feature films, stage plays, live events, and personal appearances that she made through the decades. 

·     Although Moore relayed as much as she could about her life in her two memoirs, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY takes it all many steps further, as it delineates like no other publication before regarding her issues with alcoholism, diabetes, plastic surgery, childhood sexual abuse; her near-obsessive love for animals; her troubled personal relationships with her parents, and her first husband, Richard Meeker; the tragic deaths of her son, her brother, and her sister; her personal and professional challenges with her second husband and business partner TV executive Grant Tinker, as well as a few of her co-stars like Rose Marie (from The Dick Van Dyke Show), playwright Neil Simon, as well as her professional failures on Broadway, the big screen, and television. 

·     In covering the gamut of Moore’s personal and professional existence, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY features all-new commentary culled from exclusive interviews with several of her co-stars over the years including Mary Tyler Moore Show actors Ed AsnerGavin MacLeodJoyce Bulifant; as well as Larry Matthews (little Ritchie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show), Carol Channing (Mary’s co-star from the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie), Stanley Livingston (a co-star from Mary’s first movie X-15 in 1960), actress Karen Sharpe Kramer (Mary’s co-star on several early TV-appearances), as well as MTM insiders like Matthew Asner (son of Ed Asner), who grew up on the set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and went on to co-produce and co-direct the DVD release and it’s included documentary of that series. 

·     Rare recollections are also provided by renown television journalist Betty Rollin, who overcame breast cancer (and who Mary portrayed in the ground-breaking 1978 TV-biopic, First You Cry (based on Rollin’s best-selling memoir of the same name); writer/producers who worked with Mary on numerous of her television productions over the years including Treva Silverman, Sam BobrickArnold Kogen, and Bill Persky, the latter of whom became one of Mary’s closest friends. 

·     Additional preferential memories are shared by some of Hollywood’s top entertainment journalists like Rick Lertzman, who reveals never-heard memories from his conversations with Grant Tinker and Rose Marie. 

·     In all, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY delivers pertinent insights and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives and recollections of the multi-talented performer/humanitarian that Mary Tyler Moore was and will always remain in the eyes of millions of her fans the world over.

And there's "Moore..."

-          Who was Mary’s competition to play Laura on The Dick Van Dyke Show?

-          Why did Mary become such an integral part of The Dick Van Dyke Show’s success?

-          Which actress felt slighted by Mary on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

-          Why did Mary continue to have plastic surgery?

-          What drove Mary’s desire to be a star?

-          Who became one of Mary’s closest female friends?

-          Why didn’t Mary have more close friends of any gender?

-          Why didn’t Mary have more children?

-         Why did director Robert Redford cast Mary in her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1980  feature film Ordinary People?

The answers to these questions and more are revealed in MARY.

For a review copy of MARY, or to request an interview with the author, 
please contact

The ISBN for MARY978-0-9995078-4-1

Friday, November 2, 2018

Herbie J Pilato's new MARY biography set for release on January 25, 2019

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, which will be released by Jacobs Brown Press on January 25, 2019.

Click on the link below for more information and to be added to the MARY mailing list.

Thanks so much!

Herbie J Pilato

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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.


For more information about "Wait For Your Laugh," please visit:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Storybook Theatre's "Ugly Duckling" is Beautiful!

“The Ugly Duckling,” written by Lloyd J. Schwartz (of TV’s Gilligan’s Island/Brady Bunch fame), and produced with precision by Barbara Mallory, is everything an interactive, musical, and live theatre children’s production should be and more.

The vibrant stand-out cast of performers is led by director Anthony Gruppuso as Dog, Kathy Garrick as Mama Duck, Heather Keller as Rosie, and Kristin Towers-Rowles, who also contributed to the show’s clever choreography, as the Ugly Duckling.

Good, clean family-oriented fun, “The Ugly Duckling” delivers a message of love and acceptance for all ages, as its performers sing, dance and deliver their talent with such energy, enthusiasm, and verve from the second the story begins that you can’t help but be captivated and entertained.

Gruppuso’s direction is top-tier, as his Dog character serves as narrator and the perfectly downright adorable connection for the young and the young at heart to which we automatically feel a kindred.  Garrick’s comforting Mama Duck doesn’t stray too far from the pond, as she winningly serves as the true soul of the production, while Keller literally shines in her role, as Towers-Rowles amazing voice and “New York presence” is hard not to miss.

“The Ugly Duckling,” across the board, must not be missed, as its music and lyrics by Adryan Russ, and ace stage managing by David P. Johnson round out a “Class A” presentation with educated and polished skill and appreciation for all good things in theatre – and beyond.


“The Ugly Duckling,” presented by Storybook Theatre, is playing now until March 3, 2018 at Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd West, Los Angeles, CA  90068.  For tickets and more information, call the Storybook Box Office at (818) 761-2203, or (323) 851-4839.  Or visit  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bobrick’s “Water” Soars!

Sam Bobrick is a miracle of a man, and most certainly as a writer.

The legendary literati, bard, and musical and comedic genius, is responsible for everything from songs for Elvis, to classic TV hits like Bewitched and The Andy Griffith Show, to over forty stage plays, including “Norman, Is That You” (co-authored with Ron Clark), which was adapted for the big-screen in 1976.

With his newest stage presentation, “New York Water” (now playing at the Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles through December 17th), Bobrick’s flair for the written word and ear for the funny bone, shines on.

Starring Bridget Flanery as the strong-willed Linda Shoup and Ross Benjamin as the subdued Albert Hives, New York Water resounds and rebounds the ups and downs of a modern day relationship with expert handling across the board, and coast-to-coast.   As played by Flanery and Benjamin, Linda and Ross are hapless romantic souls who find one another, and much more along the way as they peruse the geography from the Big Apple to L.A.

Directed with likable and realistic skill by Howard Teichman (who produced along with Bill Froggatt, who also designed sound and video projection), Flanery and Benjamin deliver the goods and the bads of their association with the perfect balance of energy, humor, and poignancy that never gets lost in the hustle and bustle of what they try to hold together against all odds.

“New York Water” hits all the right chords, as it takes the lucky theatre-goer on a journey of the heart and mind with a spirited production that lives up to Bobrick’s unique stand-alone style.  Bobrick is funny and he’s got heart.  It’s that simple, and it’s that evident in “New York Water.”

The laughs, tears, struggles, victories, and stamina that each of us require for a full life are wonderfully embodied in the twin souls definitively interpreted by Flannery and Benjamin who are spot-on with Bobrick’s always-witty and insightful lines.

Along with Froggatt, additional tech skills are top-notch, too, including stage manager Henry Lide, set and video designer Kurtis Bedford, and lighting designer Ellen Monocroussos.  

After watching “New York Water,” the live-theatre watcher is left breathless for more of what Sam Bobrick brings to his table of delight for all of us to heartily ingest with what it means to be alive.


“New York Water,” a world premiere of the West Coast Jewish Theatre, is now playing at the Pico Playhouse located at 10508 W. Pico Blvd in Los Angeles.  For tickets or more information, call: (323) 821-2449 [Publicity by Phil Sokoloff; photography by Michael Lamont.]