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Actress and Humanitarian Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, and Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, and Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens (CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

 

The New York Times reports that Mary Tyler Moore, star of The Dick van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died in Greenwich, Connecticut, on January 25, 2017. She was 80 years old.

As the star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore became a feminist icon by introducing the character of an independent, career-focused single woman to American television.

“She only wanted to play a great character, and she did so,” said author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, who wrote a book on the actress, to the Times. Armstrong continued:

“That character also happened to be single, female, over 30, professional, independent, and not particularly obsessed with getting married. Mary had America facing such issues as equal pay, birth control, and sexual independence way back in the ’70s.”

Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends NBC's taping of 'Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl' at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in 2012 (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends NBC’s taping of ‘Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America’s Golden Girl’ at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in 2012 (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

 

Beyond her work as an actress, Moore wrote two memoirs and was active in charity work for animal rights and type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with at the start of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her official cause of death was complications due to pneumonia.

Read the Times‘ full obituary here.

RealClearLife Staff