Mary Tyler Moore who graced the television screen embodying female empowerment and eternal optimism during her decades-long career as an actress on TV and film has died, according to a statement by her rep to Hollywood Reporter.
She starred on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ and her own sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, two of the most acclaimed comedies ever.
It was in her role as a spunky, single working woman in her 70s sitcom, that made her America’s sweetheart and saw her incarnate the modern working woman.
The six-time Emmy Award winner had elective surgery in May 2012 to remove what is known as a meningioma, or benign tumour of the lining tissue of her brain.
Moore starred opposite Dick Van Dyke as suburban stay-at-home mom Laura Petri from 1961-66, then played Mary Richards – a hard-luck loser in love who moves across the state to Minneapolis and gets a job at local TV station WJM for the 6 o’clock news – from 1970-77.
The latter represented a bold move for series’ main character to be an independent, never-married woman, and Moore became an icon for the feminist movement.
In more recent years, Moore as seen on television in guest starring roles on That 70s Show, Lipstick Jungle and Hot in Cleveland. Moore wrote two autobiographies, which beveled the turmoil in her life. The first released in 1995, acknowledged that she was an alcoholic, and the second, published in 2009, concentrated on living with diabetes.