Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on top-rated television shows in the ‘60s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on 25 Jan, 2017 in Greenwich, Conn, at the age of 80.
Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia. Ms. Moore faced more than her share of private sorrow, and she went on to more serious fare, including an Oscar-nominated role in the 1980 film “Ordinary People” as a frosty, resentful mother whose son had died. She was most indelibly known as the incomparably spunky Mary Richards on the CBS hit sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
In both these shows she’s managed to break that often clichéd portrayal of women during that period of time. Furthermore, she not only challenged the gender norms but she became a cultural icon that led to inspiring other young women, not only other actresses but for many women in various professions. Truly an inspirational woman!