I was saddened to hear of Mary Tylers passing yesterday. All the TV legends that I grew up with are dying. She came to represent a style, combining wit and grace, that made her stand out. Her on-screen persona was enhanced by a raised eyebrow, a well timed nod, or even silence. She introduced television as a new type of woman, an educated independent lady who didn’t need pots and pans to support a ‘gag’.
“There’s no REAL me other than what everybody sees. Attempts to reveal my motives and private life drive me mad. I’m not that complicated. I’m a comedic actress who likes to sing and dance.”
Mary Tyler Moore, whose groundbreaking ’70s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show changed television forever, has died. She was 80. Her publicist confirmed the news today in a statement: “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.