Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic actress who changed television forever with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died.
She passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. ‘Remembered as a fearless visionary” Moore rose to fame as perky homemaker Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the early 1960s, and went on to play broadcast news producer Mary Richards, one of TV’s first single career women on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” from 1970 to 1977. Here she worked in a busy TV news room.
In the show Moore famously tossed her hat in the air, argued for equal pay and revealed she was on the pill, in the memorable and ground breaking series that regularly was the most watched TV show of the week in the USA and sold all over the world. This was the first time that US audiences saw a female TV lead not portrayed as a kept wife and home maker.
The show’s most acclaimed episode features the absurd death of Chuckles the Clown, and finds Mary and the rest of the WJM News gang at Chuckles’ funeral, where Mary gets a case of the giggles.
The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress also lit up the silver screen in films including “Thoroughly Modern Millie” plus was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe for her starring role in Robert Redford’s directorial debut “Ordinary People” (1980). Mary’s brilliant career and proud legacy will be fondly remembered across the globe. RIP.
The classic MTM Clown Episode is in full here.