Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mary Tyler Moore - RIP

Legendary actress and all-around sweetheart Mary Tyler Moore has died. She was 80 years old.

She became a star overnight in 1961 when Carl Reiner cast her as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Showm, which earned her universal acclaim and a couple of Emmys. She then achieved complete superstardom in 1970 when The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on CBS. The groundbreaking television series had Moore play a motivated single female looking "to make it after all" in Minneapolis as a news producer. It earned her another three Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The show's opening credits sequence, where Moore frolics around the city until throwing her hat in the air, remains one of the medium's most indelible moments.

She ventured into other forms of performing arts such as theater and film but only did a limited amount of projects; they couldn't hold a candle to her landmark television work. Her only chance to shine outside TV was when she played against type as Beth Jarrett, the cold and internally distraught mother of Timothy Hutton in the film Ordinary People. She was awarded for her fierce performance with an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

She will sorely be missed.

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