Born 1936 in New York City, American actress, producer, and social advocate Mary Tyler Moore began with a job as “Happy Hotpoint”, a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series Ozzie and Harriet. Her first regular television role was as a mysterious and glamorous telephone receptionist in Richard Diamond, Private Detective.
Moore was widely known for her prominent television sitcom roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) and The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977). She won seven Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Her film work included 1967’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980’s Ordinary People, the latter earning Moore a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
With her two most prominent roles challenging gender stereotypes and norms, The New York Times said Moore’s “performances on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show helped define a new vision of American womanhood”. The Guardian said “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”.
Moore was an advocate for animal rights, vegetarianism and diabetes prevention. She died at the age of 80 in 2017, at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Mary Tyler Moore in the 1960s and 1970s.