Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

At the age of 80, Mary Tyler Moore passed away on January 25, 2017. The influential actress had been admitted to a hospital in Connecticut with pneumonia, which resulted in cardiopulmonary arrest. She is survived by her husband, Robert Levine.

 

Born in Brooklyn, her family made the move to California when she was only eight years old. By the time she was in her teens she had begun to find some work in commercials, but it was The Dick Van Dyke Show that initially shot her to fame.

 

It was her role as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, though, that would have a lasting impact on the wider culture. First aired in 1970, the show featured Moore as a single working woman, a rather novel idea for a television show at the time. The show dealt with issues that women face in the workplace, including equal pay, tension between the genders, and work—life balance. Moore won four Emmy Awards for her performance on the show.

 

Even though her heyday of the 1970s and early 1980s has long passed, her influence has not. Many of those who grew up watching her—household names like Oprah among them—cite her as an inspiration in their personal and professional lives. Throughout her life, Moore promoted research on diabetes, which she suffered from herself, and championed animal rights.

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