Nation: A Game with Death

Actress Mary Tyler Moore loses her son

In the film Ordinary People, she plays the part of an excessively reserved and poised matron who proves incapable of helping her 18-year-old son, who has attempted suicide. After the movie was released last month, Actress Mary Tyler Moore, 42, acknowledged that she prepared for the part by drawing on her experiences in raising her own son from her first marriage, Richard Carlton Meeker Jr., 24. Said she: "I was kind of a perfectionist mother, and I demanded a lot of him. I think I was responsible...

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