Finally, we turned a corner... and there she was! The bronze statue of Mary Tyler Moore, across the street from the IDS building. The locals didn't seem to notice it was there... but my fearless touristy self went right up to it so I could forever imortalize myself next to Mary Richards! My friend obliged with the camers, altho I could sense that he wasn't anywhere near as excited as I was. lol
Actually, I didn't think it was a very good likeness of Mary Tyler Moore, and as for "life size", it's a bit off scale. But it's still very cool. All in all, it was a good day in Minneapolis. :-)
Here's what Mary Tyler Moore had to say about her statue when asked in an interview with Paula Zahn on CNN:
What do you think Mary Richards really does represent?
I think she represents an indomitable spirit, that she believes, as everyone can, in possibilities. She does not take "no" for an answer. She's got an energy, and she keeps feeding that energy, and taking from it. She's about loyalty. She is about a sense of humor, about herself and life, and that she's about a little bit of wisdom, not too much to get into trouble, but enough to carry on.
What do you think of your bronze likeness? How did they do?
It's wonderful. [Sculptor] Gwendolyn Gillen captured so much of what is Mary Richards. All those abstract qualities that we were talking about. It's not just a replication of my face and body, although she did a very good job on all of that, too. I think I look a little too tan, however.
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