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Herbie J. Pilato at Cerritos Library

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, performer, and entertainment executive who has worked on several television shows including Bravo's hit five-part series, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story, (the seventh-highest rated True Hollywood Story in E!'s history), A&E's Biography of Lee Majors, TLC's Behind the Fame specials on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, and L.A. Law, among others. Herbie J has also served as a consulting producer and on-screen cultural commentator on various classic TV DVD documentaries for Sony, NBCUniversal, and Warner Bros., including The Six Million Dollar Man boxed set, Kung Fu, and CHiPs.

​Herbie J's long list of top-selling, critically-acclaimed pop-culture/media tie-in books include the newly-published MARY: The Mary Tyler Moore Story, Dashing, Daring and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the '50s, '60s and '70s, Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide To Her Magical Performances, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery, Bewitched Forever, The Bewitched Book, The Bionic Book, Life Story: The Book of Life Goes On, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, and NBC & ME: My Life as a Page in a Book [personally-signed copies of each book may be ordered by visiting this site's Shop]. 

​Herbie J began his career as an NBC Page in 1984 (where he worked The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson), after which he became an actor and appeared on TV shows like Highway to Heaven, The Golden Girls, General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful, in addition to various film and live stage productions (some of which he has also directed, such as Leonard Malfi's Birdbath).

​In 2010, Herbie J founded the Classic TV Preservation Society (CTVPS), a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the positive social influence of classic television programming; a core function of which is the Classic TV & Self-Esteem Seminars that are brought to schools, colleges, business, community, and senior centers. Seniors, in particular, respond enthusiastically to the seminars, which many times include six-week programs that allow participants to explore their true life experiences in theatrical productions. 

​Herbie J, born in Rochester, New York, and today living in Los Angeles, was inspired to ignite the CTVPS due to the positive family values presented on classic TV shows, the inspiration he received from Bewitched star Elizabeth Montgomery (whom he knew quite well, and who was quite active in charitable organizations), and because of his dedication as primary caregiver to both of his parents in their later years. 

Herbie J, who is also Creative Director for Television, Ink. (his TV, film and literary production company), and for All-Creative Consultants (his entertainment and literary consulting firm). He serves, too, as Contributing Editor for Larry Brody's heralded www.TVWriter.com, writes frequently about classic television for the Television Academy's distinguished www.Emmy.com and serves as a classic TV consultant for Closer Weekly Magazine. He has recently partnered with executive producers Joel Eisenberg and Lorie Girsh Eisenberg to host and co-executive producer Then Again with Herbie J Pilato, a new TV talk show geared toward classic television.

​For more news and information, please visit: www.HerbieJPilato.com

Event Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Address: 
18025 Bloomfield Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Books: 
Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780999507841
Availability: Special Order
Published: Jacobs/ Brown Media Group, LLC - February 2019

A new Mary Tyler Moore biography, with never-before revealed insights from those who knew and worked with the celebrated actress, will be published on anniversary of her passing.Two years ago, January 25, 2017, the world lost Mary Tyler Moore at age 80. Her many awards include two Emmys and a Golden Globe for her role as Laura Petrie in the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, and three Emmys, plus a second Golden Globe, as Mary Richards in her 1970s hit series The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Moore also won an Emmy for the 1993 TV movie Stolen Babies. In 1980, she won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the Robert Redford-directed drama, Ordinary People. But for fans of Mary Tyler Moore, the characters she played are paramount. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, premiering in September 1970, made her a symbol and role model for the Women’s Movement. Her portrayal of an independent working woman challenged traditional women’s roles in television. First Lady Michelle Obama said about the character Mary Richards: She wasn't married; she wasn't looking to get married; at no point did the series end in a happy ending with her finding a husband, which seemed to be the course you had to take as a woman. A decade before, Moore's role as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show confronted conventional TV wives and moms through her assertiveness, as well as the chemistry between her and Van Dyke. Moore said, “We brought romance to comedy, and, yes, Rob and Laura had sex!” While celebrating her life and career, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY also explores in-depth her personal and professional struggles and triumphs. It narrates the many TV and film productions, stage plays, and personal appearances that spanned her 50-plus-year-career. This new book delineates as never before Moore’s issues with childhood sexual abuse; alcoholism; diabetes; cosmetic surgery; her near-obsessive love for animals; her troubled personal relationships with parents and spouses, as well as the tragic deaths of her son, her brother, and sister; and difficulties with a few of her co-stars, such as Rose Marie (from The Dick Van Dyke Show). In covering the gamut of Moore’s personal and professional life, this new biography features exclusive interviews with many of her co-stars, including Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Larry Matthews, and the late Carol Channing, plus recollections from several writer/producers who worked on many of her television productions. Among these is journalist and breast-cancer survivor Betty Rollin, whom Moore portrayed in the groundbreaking 1978 TV biopic, First You Cry. Despite her personal challenges, Mary Tyler Moore achieved a level of stardom and lasting admiration experienced by few. Her amazing, inspiring story is unveiled in MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY.