Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

TV Trailblazer Mary Tyler Moore Reflected Her Times

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

TV Trailblazer Mary Tyler Moore Reflected Her Times

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Mary Tyler Moore, a gifted and beloved actress who starred in two groundbreaking sitcoms in the 1960s and 1970s, died Wednesday at the age of 80. Ms. Moore became an icon of vibrant domesticity as suburban housewife Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," which ran on CBS from 1961 to 1966. Drawing on her background as a dancer, Ms. Moore brought many of her physical talents to the role opposite Mr. Van Dyke, who was himself one of the most antic and comic actors on television.

In the 1970s, Ms. Moore played television news writer Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," a 30-something single woman who was in no hurry to get hitched after breaking up with her fiance.

As Mary Richards, Ms. Moore showed that a single woman could live a fulfilled life without kids or a husband - a lesson that resonated during an era in which women took to the streets demanding equality. …

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