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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore

Today we remember beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore on the second anniversary of her death. A television icon, Moore’s groundbreaking role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped to change the way woman were portrayed on television and influence generations of viewers.

Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the eldest of three children born to George Tyler Moore, a clerk, and Marjori Hackett. She began dancing while in high school and landed her first job in show business as a dancer in commercials.

Moore got her big break when she was cast as Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show. The series was a big success and made Moore a household name. The show ran for five seasons and earned Moore her first Emmy Award. In 1970, Moore starred in the groundbreaking sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The show marked the first time a single, independent working woman was the central character on TV.

Although mostly known for her work in television, Moore had a wide acting range. In 1980, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in the drama, Ordinary People.

Moore died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 80.

Explore Mary Tyler Moore’s family tree on Geni and share how you’re related to the star.

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