Television legend and pioneer, Mary Tyler Moore, died today (Wednesday, January 25th, 2017). She was 80 years old.
Mary Tyler Moore gained popularity staring as the bubbly wife in the 1960’s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Moore later went on to star in the iconic 1970s self-titled “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. This show was controversial because it came at a critical time for woman’s issues. Its focused was on a 30-year-old unmarried TV news producer, Mary Richards. An independent woman who helped break the perception of a “woman’s place is in the home”.
After her television run, Moore continued acting but focused on and film and even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress in the 1980’s file “Ordinary People” where she played grieving mother after the loss of her son.
Advocate and Role Model
More than just a comedic actress, Mary Tyler Moore also produced who paved the way for many others. Additionally, she was involved in various causes, such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Moore was also a very strong advocate for animal rights.
Moore passed away at the age of 80 surrounded by husband, family and friends.