Actress and icon, Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80, on Jan. 25, 2017, after she was hospitalized in Connecticut, according to The Huffington Post. Moore had been on a respirator for over a week. The actress also had been battling diabetes and in 2011, she had brain surgery. Moore not only was an iconic actress, she was also a producer and an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF).
She was born in 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Los Angeles where she became an international star on the 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” However, she is better known for her famous smiling face on the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The actress was ahead of her time when she played the character, Mary Richards in, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
The icon was ahead of her time when she played the character, Mary Richards in, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The show centered around a 30-year-old television news producer, Richards, who never married. It was the first show of its kind because the female role was asking for pay equal to her male co-worker. Not only was she asking for equal pay, she was taking contraceptives.
Women of the age were inspired by the character she played and wanted to break the mold that confined them as wives and homemakers. Oprah Winfrey says:
I think [she] has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force.
During her career, the actress received 7 Emmy awards and was inducted into the television Hall of Fame in 1986. Moore made a statement in an interview in 1997 for the Archive of American television saying:
I would like to be remembered as somebody who made a difference in the lives of animals
Fans, friends, and family will miss this outspoken advocate for animals, actress, feminist and icon known as Mary Tyler Moore.
By Tracy Blake
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