Television and film icon Mary Tyler Moore died on January 25 at the age of 80. Moore’s roles on classic shows like “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore” made her a dominant presence on television in the 1960s and 1970s and earned the actress seven Emmy Awards. Click through our gallery above for the actress’s best and most famous television and film roles.
Moore began her career in her late teens, working in television commercials and making guest appearances on sitcoms and variety shows. Her role as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” showcased her knack for comedy and earned two Emmys for Best Comedy Actress. The show also made her a feminist icon for her insistence that Laura be allowed to wear pants in every episode, creating a fashion trend and breaking the mold of the conventional television housewife.
Moore’s eponymous sitcom about a single woman who works in a Minneapolis newsroom ran for seven seasons in the 1970s and won a whopping 29 Emmy Awards, including three trophies for Moore as Best Comedy Actress. The show is now considered a classic and regularly appears on lists of the greatest shows of all time.
Moore continued to appear in television and film throughout the next three decades, often playing against the upbeat image that made her famous. Her role as an emotionally distant mother in “Ordinary People” earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination in 1980. In 1993 she earned her final Emmy for “Stolen Babies,” playing a woman who takes infants from poor mothers and then sells them to wealthy patrons. In her final acting role, Moore reunited with former cast mates Betty White, Valerie Harper, Georgia Engel, and Cloris Leachman for an episode of White’s hit TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland”; the episode was titled “Love is All Around” a nod to the theme song from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
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