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RIP: Mary Tyler Moore

By Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 20:43, 4 April 2014 (UTC) - [1] and File:Mary_Tyler_Moore_(5923384167)_crop.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42701966

By Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 20:43, 4 April 2014 (UTC) – [1] and File:Mary_Tyler_Moore_(5923384167)_crop.jpg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42701966

Mary Tyler Moore died today at 80 surrounded by loved ones.

Mary Tyler Moore was a groundbreaking actress with the chutzpah to bring a very different kind of modern woman to the small screen.

Born in 1936 to Marjorie and George Tyler Moore, her childhood was spent out of the spotlight. She didn’t get her first role until 1955 when she appeared in a commercial that aired during the popular Ozzie and Harriet where she played Happy the Hotpoint Appliance Elf. She then moved on to acting and found many bit and reoccurring roles until she was cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show, playing Van Dyke’s wife, Laura. After a string of movies, she returned to television in her own The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which continued for seven years. She continued acting, on television shows and made for TV movies.

Moore was a groundbreaking actress, bringing the modern woman to television and encouraging entire generations of girls.

Her personal life was tumultuous, she survived both of her siblings and her son, Ritchie. She was a diabetic, recovering alcoholic, and cancer survivor. She was very active in charity work in her later years. We will continue to see her in the women she has inspired


 Thinking back on their decades-long friendship, this speaks volumes:

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