The Smile that Turned the World On is Gone: RIP, Mary Tyler Moore

Actress Mary Tyler Moore had been on the National Enquirer’s death watch for a long time now. You might have noticed they do their death watch covers a lot these days.

Older Americans will surely have some fond memories of MTM. Younger folks probably have no idea who she is.

Like most Hollywood people, she had her causes. Hers were animals, a cause I share, and diabetes, which she suffered from. If she had been young and vital last Saturday, I can’t picture her participating in the obscenity that slanders all women that was called the Women’s March.

Aging is not a nice thing to see, as the progression of pictures above, show. But as the Bible tells us, God’s plan will take its course.

Fox News

Sitcom sweetheart Mary Tyler Moore, who gained fame playing winsome television producer Mary Richards on the popular 1970s television series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and broke new ground as an independent career-woman in a leading role, died on Wednesday.

“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. S. Robert Levine,” her rep Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. “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.”

Although her name was most frequently associated with television, Moore also acted in theater and films, winning a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as an icy mother in 1980’s “Ordinary People.”

Off camera, she was known as a longtime animal rights champion and a spokesperson for diabetes issues after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening illness, when she was 33.

In 2011, Moore underwent four hours of surgery to remove a meningioma, or benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain.

Following that, there were reports her health had been deteriorating due to ongoing problems with diabetes, that she had lost weight and had become frail with severe mobility problems, but in 2011 and 2013 she returned to TV to appear twice on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”

In her two most famous television roles – as Mary Richards and as Dick Van Dyke’s wife, Laura Petrie, in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” – Moore always appeared smiling, optimistic and perky.

But in real life, she battled a series of personal challenges in addition to her diabetes: an alcoholic mother, two divorces, the death of her son and her own bout with alcoholism.

To most of her television fans, she was always “Mary,” the earnest WJM-TV producer who achieved breakthrough status by being one of the very first unmarried, career-woman leading characters – in her 30s, living and working on her own, and not looking for a husband.

Yet independent as her character was, Mary Richards was never threatening. “I’m an experienced woman,” she said in one episode. “I’ve been around…well, all right. I might not have been around but I’ve been…nearby.”

8 thoughts on “The Smile that Turned the World On is Gone: RIP, Mary Tyler Moore

    • Good for her. Gloria Steinem is a real man hating lefty.

      I generally don’t do celeb obits anymore, but I made an exception since she worked for the interests of animals. Likewise, when Doris Day goes on, I’ll write about her. I know a lot about Doris and her animal work, but didn’t have time to investigate MTM’s contributions to the cause.

      • Lots of Jews work for the interests of animals. Except for the goyim. Those animals they won’t help.

  1. How terribly sad. One of the ironies of life ~ losing treasured icons who through the wonderful of TV “back then” became a part of our lives.
    As for the Natuonal Enquirer, they have always disgusted me.

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  3. The Mary Tyler Moore show was very “modern” though filmed in the 70’s.

    Her character was in her late 20’s when she was “kicked to the curb” by a man who would not commit. She has gay neighbors and a single woman neighbor even though this show was set in the Midwest.

    How I see it is that Mary embodied to many single women the good-looking, truly pretty and not pornish obscene looking girl-next-door who actually had a backbone and did not die off just because she got jilted by a free love, won’t commit, 1970’s sexual revolution man.

    Mary got dumped. Mary got to work. Mary well lived well. Mary got even.

    There were many victims of the 1970s and 80’s min hef sexual revolution, but some of those “victims” chose to go to work and so she embodied that sort of ethic.

    Good on her. RIP.

    • Gavin Macleod played Murray. Always thought he was a Jew. Very devout Christian who claims to be half American Indian. Read his book. He remarried his wife after discovering Christ back around 85. They’re still together. Famous for playing captain of the Love Boat. Played a lot of gangsters early in his career.

  4. Great legs. Great American thighs and legs. This and the tams she wore on her head were the two things I remember about MTM. Her feminism was limited and never went too far. Unfortunately her side kick “Rhoda”, a mincing pudgy little Jewess used this orbit to promote her own show years later that was a hard core Leftist platform for post 2nd Gen Feminism. Either way, I didn’t mind Mary…

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