"MTM dying is more than this feminist can take this week," my feminist friend Andrew texted me this afternoon. Mary Tyler Moore, who died today, at the age of eighty, meant a lot to all of us; for feminists who remember the seventies, she was a member of the family. From 1970 to 1977--and long afterward in reruns--on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," in which she played the plucky associate news producer Mary Richards at the Minneapolis TV station WJM, Moore embodied for many Americans a novel, groundbreaking, and warmhearted vision of feminine independence. Many had already been won over by her performance on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," in the sixties, in which she played the innocently flummoxed Laura Petrie, wife of Rob (Van Dyke). "Dick Van Dyke" was a clever, if square, black-and-white delight, but Rob and his writer buddies seemed to be having all the fun; Laura deserved better.
Before Liz Lemon, before Ally McBeal, before Rachel Green, there was Mary Richards, a 1970s sitcom television creation whose spunk and smile inspired a generation of female characters. When the first episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired in 1970, Richards was introduced as a 30-something, single career woman moving on from a broken engagement. She lands a job at a local Minneapolis TV station, where her boss says he hates spunk. From there, she has to navigate an all-male workplace, sometimes sparring with difficult coworkers. She's seen on a series of dates that don't go anywhere.
Today in Entertainment: TV icon Mary Tyler Moore dies; a darker Archie's world in CW's'Riverdale' Much of Hollywood is mourning the death of Mary Tyler Moore at the age 80 on Wednesday. Her career tracked the evolution of female roles on television, from stay-at-home mom Laura Petrie to independent working woman Mary Richards. Tuesday's announcement of this year's Oscar nominations makes "La La Land" the overwhelming favorite to dominate the awards with a record-tying 14 nominations. We continue our team coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. And we continue to track how the arts and entertainment world is reacting to the new presidency Donald Trump.
It could be the plot of any film from 2017: A woman realizes that she gets paid less than the men in her office, so she demands equal pay for equal work. In actuality, this was the storyline of a 1972 episode from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," a sitcom that dealt with issues of second-wave feminism, such as equal pay and pre-marital sex, in its episodes. The show aired from 1970 to 1977, and the sitcom followed the main character as she learned to navigate her life during a time when single, career women in their thirties were sometimes thought of as anomalies. The show's star, Mary Tyler Moore, died Wednesday at 80 years old. Thanks to the sitcom, she became not only a TV icon but a feminist idol, paving the way for women in comedy long after the show ended.