The woman who turned the world on with her smile will be most remembered for her role in the progressive and influential television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977.
Featuring a beret-tossing Mary Richards, the program follows the victories and pitfalls of a young single woman embarking on a career in in Minneapolis, though it might have been any city. Employed as an associate producer in the lowest ranking Minneapolis TV station’s newsroom, Moore’s character successfully navigates office politics and sexism with a dose of humor and collegiality, eventually garnering a promotion to news producer.
A memorable moment took place during the season three premiere, when Moore’s character learns her predecessor, a man, had earned more than her. She asks for a raise and gets one, but it’s still not as much as the man made.
Moore will also be remembered for her role on the Dick Van Dyke show, which ran from 1961 to 1966. Moore played the role of an equally vivacious and spunky woman, Laura Petrie, who was a stay-at-home mother whose husband Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke), was the head writer of a variety show produced in Manhattan.