Iconic American actress, known for her roles in TV sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, died Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80.
“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” Mara Buxbaum, Moore’s longtime representative, said in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted in 1970 with Tyler playing Mary Richards, a single 30-something career woman who moves to Minneapolis after being rejected by her boyfriend. The show achieved critical success, made her a TV icon, and inspired a generation of women on television.
Moore’s style and look on the TV show also defined the look of modern women of the 70s and was considered to have revolutionized the look of the modern career woman, The show has remained popular since the final episode was broadcast in 1997.
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