Emmy-winning screenwriter Treva Silverman made TV history after hearing these words

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: November 1, 2018, 4:57PM

On The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Treva Silverman's writing stood out. So much so that she became the first woman to ever win an Emmy for comedy writing without the help of a male partner. On the show, she wrote some of the most memorable female-driven storylines, and while TV legends like Mary Tyler Moore and Valerie Harper were the ones making us laugh onscreen, it was really Silverman's pen poking us in our sides.

In the video above, Silverman relives the moment that changed her life forever, when she got a phone call that said: "We just got the go-ahead for Mary Tyler Moore Show ... and we’d like you to write as many as you would like."

At the time when she got that call, she'd been performing at a piano in nightclubs, uncertain how her future would play out. That's why she has this powerful advice for anyone looking to grow in their craft, "... Hang out with people who are as smart or smarter than you. It’s best to be with people who you can learn from."

Watch the video for more words of wisdom from the award-winning screenwriter:

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DebraKeller 20 months ago
In 1973, Mary Tyler Moore Show had a major impact on my life. I started a career as a young wife and mother and spent the next 30 plus years in the workforce and now have a decent retirement. My first day on my new job, I told my then husband I wanted to throw my hat up in the air like MTM.
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