In Memoriam: Mary Tyler Moore, TV Maverick, Golden Globe Winner

by Ana Maria Bahiana January 25, 2017
Actress Mary Tyler Moore receives her fisrt Golden Globe, 1965

Mary Tyler Moore receives her first Golden Globe in 1965, for her work on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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Mary Tyler Moore, three-time Golden Globe winner and nine-time Golden Globe nominee, has died today, January 25 2017, at the age of 80, in her home in Connecticut. “Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” read the statement from her publicist, Mara Buxbaum. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Mary Tyler Moore received her first Golden Globe in 1965, for her work in the 1960s hit sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which she played Van Dyke’s sexy, smart wife Laura Petrie. The role launched Tyler Moore’s TV career, an in 1970 she became the star in the James L. Brooks’ iconic series bearing only her name as the title – Mary Tyler Moore. She received seven Golden Globe nominations for the show, from 1971 to 1977, and won a Globe in 1971, all the while captivating audiences worldwide with a new, fresh portrayal of a female character: the tough, ambitious, independent TV producer Mary Richards, re-starting her life in a new town, Minneapolis. The groundbreaking show tackled all the complex issues affecting women in the late 20th century: divorce, abortion, homosexuality, contraception, the fight for equal pay and more career opportunities.

In 1981 Tyler Moore received her second Golden Globe, for her performance as best actress-drama in the Robert Redford-directed Ordinary People. She would go on to a prolific career in movies, while also heading her own production company, MTM Enterprises, responsible for shows such as Hill Street Blues and WKPR Cincinnati. In 2012 Moore received a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild – it was presented to her by Dick Van Dyke.

 

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