The Legendary Mary Tyler Moore Dies Aged 80
The legendary Mary Tyler Moore, who helped change the way women were portrayed on TV from the suburban housewife to the independent career woman, has died.
She was known for her 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which run from 1970 -1977 in which she starred as Mary Richards, single woman working as a local news producer in Minneapolis, which in itself was groundbreaking at the time and addressed issues such as sexism, equal pay and birth control. The series ran for seven seasons and won 29 Emmys, a record that stood for a quarter of a century until Frasier broke it in 2002.
She also starred in The Dick Van Dyke Show which ran from 1961-1966, in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. In 1980 starred in the film Ordinary People. In which she played a role extremely different to her previous roles she had portrayed in her television sitcoms and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Moore wrote two memoirs, the first book titled, After All, published in 1995, and in which she acknowledged that she was a recovering alcoholic, her second book Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes published in 2009 which talked about living with type 1 diabetes. In addition to her acting work, Moore was the International Chairman of JDRF (Formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), she was also a longtime animal rights activist. In 1980, Moore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Ordinary People but lost to Sissy Spacek for her role in Coal Miner’s Daughter. However, she received a total of six Emmy awards and won a special Tony Award for her performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? In 1985 she won a Tony Award for Best Reproduction of a Play or Musical for Joe Egg.
In 1986 Moore was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, and in 1987 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy from the American Comedy Awards. Moore’s contributions to the television industry were recognised in 1992 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Moore was also awarded the 2011 Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Moore told the Associated Press in 1995, “My life is inextricably intertwined with Mary Richards’, and probably always will be”.
In a statement by representative Mara Buxbaum, she stated that Moore had died in the company of her husband Dr S Robert Levine and friends. Vale Mary Tyler Moore, thank you for everything you have done for women and comedy, the night sky will be a little brighter now. Godspeed Mary Tyler Moore
Watch Mary Tyler Moore in action below – One of my favorites
Bloopers from The Mary Tyler Moore Show