What a loss! She was highly talented and a trendsetter on television. On the Dick Van Dyke show she insisted that she would wear pants and not a dress like the stereotypical TV wife. On her own show she was an independent career woman. The original script had her as divorced, but network execs feared this would be too controversial. It’s easy to forget how much things have changed for women, and how people like MTM pushed those changes forward.
I also admired her for her recovery from alcoholism and her openness about her journey. Although I can’t reveal the details, I know she inspired many other women to make the same journey from the moment she entered treatment.
I like to think that she is heaven with Chuckles the Clown now, laughing very hard.