Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 today, according to her publicist. The star of the eponymous “Mary Tyler Moore” comedy series of the 1970s, Moore played a single career woman working in a television news room. Coming as it did during the midst of the feminist movement, the show propelled Moore towards an identity as a feminist icon.
Moore was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Catholic schools. She was married for 33 years to Dr. S. Robert Levine,” according to publicist Mara Buxbaum. Buxbaum told ABC News that Moore was a groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.”
Buxbaum added, that she will be remembered as a “fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
Even though generations of women considered her a model, Moore did not consider herself a feminist. Even so, the show she helmed won 29 Emmy Awards, the most for any scripted series until “Frasier” won its 30th Emmy. Moore won six Emmy Awards for herself: four for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” one for her breakthrough role of Laura Petrie in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” of the 1960s, and another for the television movie “Stolen Babies.”
Moore’s paternal great-grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, owned the pre-Civil War house which is now Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum. Lt. Col. Moore was commander of the 31st Virginia Militia. Later during the war of secession, Moore was commander of the 4th Virginia Infantry and offered his home in Winchester, Virginia, to Confederate Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson as a headquarters. At the home, Jackson Jackson planned his Shenandoah Valley defenses and lightning campaigns.
In later years, Mary Tyler Moore, contributed funds to help pay for restorations to the historic landmark. Restorations included the installation of replica wallpaper matching the original which Jackson referred to in a description of the home as it was in the 1860s.