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Mary Tyler Moore obituary

25 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who used TV sitcom for her portrayal of an independent modern woman

The actor Mary Tyler Moore, who has died aged 80, spent decades as “America’s sweetheart”, her time in that role reflecting changes in American society and the turmoil of her own private life. Her outwardly bubbly personality and trademark broad, toothy smile disguised an inner fragility that appealed to an audience facing the new trials of modern-day existence. She grew into the role on television; her parts tracked changing opportunities for women, but were always channelled through her own character. “I am not an actress who can create a character,” she said. “I play me.”

Moore came to notice in 1959 in the TV series Richard Diamond, Private Detective, as the private eye’s message service operator Sam. Seen only as a disembodied, deep-voiced pair of legs at a switchboard, she was literally objectified. She became a star »

- Michael Carlson

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Mary Tyler Moore: America's Sweetheart Goes All the Way

25 January 2017 12:41 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This story originally appeared as the cover story in Issue 330, November 13th, 1980.

It's eight o'clock and everyone's here... well, almost everyone. There's Carl Reiner, and there's Gavin MacLeod, and there's Betty White and Allen Ludden. They're all here, in this awkward white screening room up four flights of stairs and down a winding hallway deep in the bowels of Paramount Studios. It's a hybrid crowd – TV people and movie people, performers and people from behind the scenes, chorus girls and choreographers, even a few who are just regular people with »

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Marlo Thomas Launches Clothing Line: Until Now, ‘I Had the Choice of Looking Like My Granddaughter or My Grandmother’

19 January 2017 9:19 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Whether you know her simply as That Girl, an outspoken feminist and ally of Gloria Steinem, for her hit TV show cameos, her comedic turns in films like Deuce Bigalow, or simply the mom of Rachel Green on Friends, Marlo Thomas has had a pretty spectacular professional trajectory. And at 79 years old, the actress shows no signs of slowing down now. In addition to her still vibrant career and work on behalf of St. Jude’s, Thomas is now pursuing a very different dream, launching her own clothing line collection in conjunction with Hsn, which she’ll show off Thursday »

- Emily Kirkpatrick

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