America’s TV star Mary Tyler Moore whose career helped define a new vision of American womanhood in the 60s and 70s has died.
Moore’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed that she died in the midst of family and friends.
Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia. She was 80 at the time of her death.
Award-winning TV star Mary Tyler Moore gained fame in the 1960s with her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie. Later in the 70s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
With her outstanding comedic timing which was flawless, she captured the hearts of many and promptly became a role model and a symbol of evolving feminism. Aside becoming a powerful television producer over the years, Moore won seven Emmy awards. In addition, she was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in Ordinary People.
She was well celebrated when she was still alive. Thus, when she died a month after turning 80, Moore was mourned by may including Hollywood stars from Hollywood for her outstanding contribution to TV entertainment.
94-year-old Carl Reiner, who hired Moore for her breakout role as New Rochelle homemaker Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show said;
“She was an impressive person, and a talented person, and a beautiful person.”
Co-star Ed Asner, who played Moore’s cantankerous boss Lou Grant tweeted;
“My heart goes out to you and your family.” Asner said “Know that I love you and believe in your strength.”
“There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better,” Van Dyke wrote on Twitter.
The ambitious young actress became the queen of the small screen through the roles she played in classic comedies in the 60s and 70s.
Her first appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show was from 1961-66, joining an ensemble cast on the show created by comedy genius Reiner. She later appeared as the headliner in The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970-77.