Photo from the Archive of American Television
Around the same time we also discovered The Dick Van Dyke Show. And even though we didn't appreciate the series' humor until it went into reruns in later years, even as young girls we wanted to be Laura Petry living in New Rochelle with Rob.
Yes we dreamed of being one of Dick's two Marys — Poppins or Tyler Moore. We wanted to jump into chalk portraits, dance on top of buildings covered in soot, fill a closet full of walnuts and have dinner parties while wearing pedal pushers.
We recently edited an interview with Dick Van Dyke on behalf of the Archive of American Television and found out that these two women hold a special place in the actor's heart as well. Here's what he had to say about his two Marys.
Dick Van Dyke on Working with Mary Tyler Moore
Dick Van Dyke on Starring in Mary Poppins
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