Mary Tyler Moore/Mary Richards
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Mary Tyler Moore ditched the dutiful-wife role on the hit series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" to play the single, stylish spunky TV producer Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The series was heralded by the women's movement for being the first to show an independent, single working woman living alone.
Moore first tossed her hat in the air from a Minneapolis sidewalk in 1970, and over seven years, she was the heart of the WJM newsroom even as she perpetually got her own heart broken by a series of rotten guys. Fortunately, she was surrounded by great co-workers and friends.
When the show ended, Moore, now 76, added an Oscar nomination for 1980's "Ordinary People" to go along with her five Emmys from "Dick Van Dyke" and "Mary Tyler Moore." She also starred in various TV movies, appeared on "That '70s Show" and continued to support animal rights and juvenile diabetes.