Mary Tyler Moore

It’s a sad day to lose such an inspirational talent like Mary Tyler Moore.

The actress, whose spunky Minneapolis newswoman Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show made her a TV icon and inspired a generation of young women, died Wednesday. She was 80.

Her family said her death was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.

Moore started her career in film and TV, but she found great success playing Dick Van Dyke’s wife on the hugely popular ’60s show The Dick Van Dyke Show.

And then in the ’70s she achieved more critical success with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which resonated more deeply with viewers in large part because Mary Richards valued work and friendship above marriage, a radical concept when the show debuted on CBS on 1970. The long-running show earned Moore countless Emmys and spawned several successful spin-off shows.

In her later career, Moore made some stellar movies and continued appearing in TV shows. Her last appearance on the small screen was a guest role in the 2011 show Hot in Cleveland, which starred her good friend, Betty White.

Here are five of Moore’s more memorable performances:

As one of her first feature films, Moore played a wide-eyed young woman who comes to NYC and befriends the very modern Millie (Julie Andrews) in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ironically, it was Moore who went on to portray one of the most modern women in TV history.

As Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore not only charmed the pants off TV audiences, she did it wearing her signature capri pants. This clip, she is just too cute for words.

From the excellent Best Picture winner Ordinary People, this compilation of clips shows Moore’s take on a frosty, resentful mother, trying to deal with her surviving son, Conrad (Timothy Hutton). It’s painful to watch because Moore is so scarily good at playing cold.

Moore is straight up hilarious in Ben Stiller’s Flirting with Disaster… and she knows the importance of a good support bra.

But of course, Moore’s tour de force was playing Richards. The “Chuckles the Clown” episode from show just epitomized the brilliance of Moore.

She will be missed.

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