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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Songbird salutes the 70's: Love is all around

The opening credits of the show had her driving her car, waling through the city, hugging her coworkers.  The very last moment of the credits saw her take off her hat and fling it into the air...

After many years of playing a wife and mother on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore had a show of her own.  How innovative it was for her to portray a single woman over 30, a woman pursuing a career in TV journalism.  She was independent, she had "spunk".

From 1970 until 1977, she, along with Ed Asner, Gavin McLeod, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, and later Georgia Engel and Betty White, gave us TV sitcom at its finest.

We forget now how revolutionary that show really was, dealing with feminism, homosexuality, marital infidelity, divorce, and many other controversial topics, with a comedic touch.

Moore did amazing work in film -- Thoroughly Modern Millie and Ordinary People are examples of her amazing talent.  But to those of us growing up in the 70's, she will always be Mary Richards.

So sad to hear she died yesterday.

1 comment:

bookworm said...

Sad news, yes. I couldn't believe her death was the lead story on the NBC Nightly News, but it was well deserved. Alana

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