Not so long ago Mary Tyler Moore held two lofty records at TV’s highest honor. She’d won the most Emmy Awards for acting (seven) in a tie with her former costar Ed Asner and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ruled as biggest champ among series (29).
In time, “Frasier” usurped the series crown (37), which was most recently grabbed by “Game of Thrones” (38) or, if you’re counting variety programs, “Saturday Night Live” (50).
Ironically, in terms of the record for most individual wins for performance, Moore and Asner were ultimately surpassed by past costar Cloris Leachman, who now has eight trophies for primetime plus one more for daytime.
Above is a photo of Moore and me juggling some of those Emmys, which she kept on display in the den at her Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City. Back in the late 1990s, after I interviewed her by phone for my book “The Emmys,” she invited me over to her place one afternoon just to hang out and chat Emmy history. What a blast we had!