Mary Tyler Moore called it ''a terrible waste'' that she and Dick Van Dyke never had an affair

They saved the chemistry for the screen.

Genesis International

Workplace romances happen, but that doesn't mean they're right. Collaborative chemistry can develop into a relationship, but there's always something sacrificed in the process. Gone is the innocence of that first connection, because now there's the awkward truth left in its place.

Fortunately for fans of The Dick Van Dyke Show, this potential misstep was avoided because of the show's two leads and their commitment to their craft. Because, let's face it, you'd be hard-pressed to find two better-looking actors than Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Their onscreen pairing was lightning in a bottle. But that spark could've ignited a flame were it not for their career-mindedness.

In 2003, Van Dyke and Tyler Moore— Rob and Laura Petrie— reunited for "The Gin Game," a teleplay broadcast as part of PBS Hollywood Presents.

"We're old enough now," said Van Dyke. He'd watched Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in PBS's American Playhouse in 1981. At the time, he remarked to his former co-star Moore that, someday, they'd be old enough for a similar project. Although it seemed unfathomable for Moore at the time, 22 years later, the time was right. 

"It was amazing," said Van Dyke of the reunion, "like we had just seen each other yesterday."

The pairing was one-of-a-kind, even all those years alter. When Van Dyke was approached by producers to star in "The Gin Game," there was only one person he wanted to share the stage with.

"I wouldn't have tried it with Judy Dench, for God's sake," he said. 

"She gives to me, and there's just so much mutual support here that, well, it was the only way I felt any confidence in doing this at all. 

That's when the Scripps Howard News Service profile takes a turn for the revelatory. 

"The amazing thing is, we never had an affair," said Mary Tyler Moore. Then 67, Moore was married to Dr. Robert Levine. The two exchanged vows back in 1983. 

"I always thought it was a terrible waste."

For fans, though, maybe it's best that they kept the romance out of their relationship. Who knows how that could've complicated their careers!

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MadMadMadWorld 23 days ago
I never saw a tv couple who were as sizzling hot as Dick and Mary. They have never been surpassed in the years after their last performance aired on June 1, 1966. It was my favorite series for its past two years, when I first saw it, and then saw the reruns from 1961-64 afterwards. She had the combination of talent, beauty, and smarts on how to play a scene to give the either the funniest way or in one of the rarer dramatic moments, when they had a marital fight. It seemed like a real argument that couples actually could have, thanks to the skillful writing of Carl Reiner, and his writing staff. The series was top-notch all the way down from its creativity, writing, acting, producing, and filming/sound. One of the best, if not the best overall sitcom, with Mary at her peak, better than in her own series where she had a more limited time on-screen with more supporting actors than on "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
McGillahooala 24 days ago
Nice thing to say to give Dick an ego boost but hard to imagine that she ever had a sexual thought about him.
But she did! I read they both had crushes on each other from the start of the series filming.
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