Mary says she was proud to play a hardworking, single character on television. "What was so wonderful about the way Jim and Allan created this show was it was never a question of Mary being on a soapbox, saying, 'Look at what I'm doing and do try to emulate me because it will make you a better person,'" Mary says. "It was just, 'Here I am.'"
After the lights went out at WJM-TV, Oprah spent years wondering whatever happened to Mary Richards. What does Mary think? "There are all kinds of possibilities," Mary says. "One that I liked was that she continued working and then met and fell in love with a wonderful man and they got married and had wonderful children."