Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tribute: Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017)
The press is now reporting the death of Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017), a television icon, a trailblazer, and a true humanitarian.
Mary Tyler Moore, dead at 80 years old, had a remarkable and long-lasting career in Hollywood.
She is most well-remembered for her two TV series roles, first in the sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), as housewife Laura Petrie.
And secondly as a working, single woman, Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (1970-1977), a trend-setting program in terms of the women's movement, and the cultural shifts of the 1970s.
Mary Tyler Moore also starred alongside Elvis Presley in A Change of Habit (1969), and played against type -- as a prickly, cold suburban mom -- in Ordinary People (1980).
Mary Tyler Moore helped set the direction of television drama for a generation with her performances on TV, and will be sorely missed. She also acted, for decades, as a powerful voice for those struggling with diabetes.
As I mourn the loss of Mary Tyler Moore, I think of her charm, and grace, and essential goodness.
Sometimes it feels like such qualities are in short supply in our modern world.