Actress Mary Tyler Moore could ‘turn the world on with a smile’

Her part as an icy, grieving mother in 1980’s “Ordinary People” earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose signature role as a TV news producer in the 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” made her a role model for women and a symbol of the independence any woman might seek and achieve, died Wednesday. She was 80.Moore first found fame as the spunky housewife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” where her wholesome beauty and sharp comic timing made her the perfect foil for Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie, her TV husband.Later in life, Moore proved equally adept in serious dramatic roles.

Expectations for the show, which Moore developed with then-husband Grant Tinker, were modest. Never had a TV series featured as its protagonist a never-married career woman. Just a few years earlier, the network suits fretted about whether Moore should be allowed to wear pants as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” but in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the world revolved around Mary Richards and her life on and off the job.At work as a producer at WJM-TV, she flew through busy days with Ed Asner as her tough but lovable boss Lou Grant, Ted Knight as bumbling, self-centered anchorman Ted Baxter and Gavin MacLeod as news writer and office buddy Murray Slaughter. In the way her workmates became her family, it was a template for many a sitcoms that followed.

S. As the character Mary Richards, Moore cemented her legacy – the show still revered as one of TV’s best, the role remembered for the inspiration it provided women of all ages.A spokeswoman for Moore said the actress died in the company of friends and her husband of more than 33 years, Dr. But it was on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which ran from 1970 to 1977, where Moore broke television’s glass ceiling, starring as a single working woman making it on her own. Robert Levine.“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,” Mara Buxbaum, Moore’s longtime publicist, said in announcing Moore had died at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn.

“Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?”The credits built to a freeze-frame as Moore threw her hat in the air. That reference to Moore’s smile will surely trigger memories of the opening credits of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which showed her walking around Minneapolis as the Sonny Curtis-penned theme “Love Is All Around” played.“Who can turn the world on with her smile?” the lyrics began, and if you’re like me, you’re starting to sing along right now. “You’re gonna make it after all,” the song continued, repeating that line twice, and for many viewers, that was a powerful message indeed.