Shocked and saddened to hear Mary Tyler Moore is no longer with us. When I was fourteen, I had the pleasure of meeting her. When I expressed my passion for filmmaking, she invited me to spend a day with her on set of a film she was working on. It was an incredible experience but she went out of her way to make it extraordinary – giving me her chair to sit in, introducing me to the cast, even convincing the director to include me as an extra. A few months later, she invited me to an ADR session for the same film. Over the years, she continued to show her support, attending various screenings of my first films, always with a smile. The last time we talked was in my sophomore year of college. She let me interview her on camera about her life. We talked for nearly an hour. It was an honor to know her and I can say with absolute certainty that she really did turn the world on with her smile.

This is my interview with Mary.

Recorded in 2006
Special thanks to Mary Tyler Moore, who’s life will continue to inspire and motivate the world for years to come.

My heart goes out to her family, friends, and fans who have been touched by her presence.

Interview by: Carlos Ferrer
Camera Operator: Joshua Jenks

© 2006 Carlos Ferrer. All Rights Reserved.

4 Comments

  • Dear Carlos,
    This was such a beautiful interview, and quite a testimony to you how the beloved star trusted you. She was happy, funny, personable, warm and most of all inspiring. The collaboration clearly brought out great work from you both.
    I hope this isn’t a silly question. I’ve never heard the star discuss “Thoroughly Modern Millie” in any interviews. Did she say anything off camera about the experience or about working with Julie Andrews? It was such a neat teaming since Julie Andrews had worked with Dick Van Dyke and both stars reunited with him over the years… (well, you see where I’m going). It’s a really fun film, and she’s great in it.
    May Luminous Beings be with Mary Tyler Moore, and thank you, Carlos for your thoughtful and candid work.
    sending Lots of Light.
    Rob

    • Hi Rob, thanks so much for the kind words. It’s an honor. Mary and I enjoyed talking to each other in that interview. She was so kind and generous, truly a great woman and will be missed. I don’t recall her saying anything off camera about “Thoroughly Modern Millie” or Julie Andrews but it would have been interesting to hear. Glad you enjoyed the interview, thanks!

  • What a gift, this interview. What a talent you have to put someone so at ease that after 30 minutes of reflecting on their life, their accomplishments, and contributions, that they still have the presence of mind to imagine for the first time —on the spot—so genuinely their first encounter with God. If you don’t do more of these types of interviews, it’ll be a tremendous loss to our culture.

    Many interviewers get in the way of good conversation and the telling of a good story; you put her at ease so, so well. There isn’t another interview out there of her that is half as authentic as this. I have no doubt there are stories waiting to be heard that only someone as careful and sensitive as you can assist in revealing them to us.

    Send this to PBS, NPR, et al. There has been a void of late that you seem uniquely enabled to fill. 40,000 views doesn’t do this woman and your talents justice. Go for it!

    • Hi Eileen, thank you for the kind words, that means a lot to me. Mary was always a joy to speak with on and off camera and so generous with her time. I’m honored to hear such heartfelt comments from you and so many others. When she passed, I watched the interview again and felt it was a memory worth sharing with the world. Getting the interview on other sites or networks is something I will definitely look into so more people can see it. And of course if the opportunity ever arises it would be an honor to interview others in the same manner. In the meantime, thank you for your encouragement and support.

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