Mary Tyler Moore’s recent passing affected her many fans. Her role as mary richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” inspired generations of women who wanted to make it in the working world. Read on for more of Moore and her life, success, and love.

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Moore’s smiling face is something most fans cannot forget. When America heard that Mary Tyler Moore passed away yesterday, most people were taken back to 1970, the year “The Mary Tyler Moore” show started. Moore played Mary Richards, the career minded young woman who secured a job at the news station WJM-TV.

No kids. No husband. Just a woman who worked with co-workers Lou, Ted, Sue Ann, and Murray.

Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Mary Richards was an inspiration for many women. Richards was one of the first female characters who had her own job and lived by herself. "The Mary Tyler Moore" show would prove to be the springboard for other strong, female roles in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Bea Arthur played “Maude” in 1972 and Bonnie Franklin played Ann Romano, the first divorced woman raising two daughters in the hit series “One Day at a Time,” which debuted in 1975.

Well, it’s you girl and you should know it.

Fans knew it. The show inspired many successful women, such as Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Michelle Obama, and Tamron Hall. The door for fulfillment and success was now open, the role of the unfulfilled housewife not something that women had to be stuck in. Moore was also a mother. She lost her only son Richard when he was 24 years old to an accidental gun shot that occurred when he was cleaning his weapon.

Fans grew a soft spot for Moore, as she battled the loss of her son, diabetes, and a brain tumor. Moore’s ability to overcome tragedy and her resiliency made Americans fall even more in love with her.

With each glance and every little movement, you show it.

Moore was not content to just act in one show. Moore also starred in “Ordinary People,” which reflected her own life, as it focused on grief after losing a child.

The actress proved that she could also play a highly dramatic role in the movie “Six Weeks.” The movie centered on Charlotte, a mother of 12-year old Nicole, who was dying of leukemia and only had a couple of months to live. Nicole’s dream was to work on Patrick Dalton’s campaign. Dalton is a California politician who grants Nicole her wish. Moore also starred in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and the television movie, “Mary and Rhoda.” Rhoda was Mary Richard’s best friend, who was there for all her joys and sorrows.

Love is all around, no need to waste it

The vivacious Moore made the most of her life.

She advocated for animal rights, juvenile diabetes, and other charities. She stayed friends with co-stars Lou Grant, Betty White, and Valerie Harper. Moore made an appearance on White’s show “Hot in Cleveland.” A selfless soul, Moore’s friends enjoyed her company and spirit.

You can never tell, why don’t you take it?

Moore took her fame and ran with it. She helped to co-produce the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” with Grant Tinker. Its 7-year run showed its massive success, as Moore’s popularity continued until her passing.

You’re gonna make it after all.

Hats off to Mary Tyler Moore for her success as an actress, producer, and most of all.

. .. a human being. Moore encouraged many women to make it. Thank you, Mary Tyler Moore. May the spirit of Moore and Mary Richards live in all of us.

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