Mary Tyler Moore, famous actress and producer, died Jan. 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 80. Best known for her roles on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” which aired in the 60s and 70s, respectively, she leaves us with a lasting legacy—especially for women in entertainment and the media. But not only that, she showed that even with a tumultuous life, a person can persevere.
Mary Tyler Moore starred and produced the show bearing her name and played the role of a television producer named Mary Richards—a single working woman. She won three Emmy’s for the role. For her success alone, she is to be admired.
Her life story shows how a person can persevere through challenges that may seem insurmountable, and for that she should always be remembered. Mary Tyler Moore had more than her fair share of problems: her mother was an alcoholic and her father was strict and detached. In her youth, she went to live with her grandmother and other relatives twice. At the age of six, a family friend sexually abused her. Her brother died at 47 of cancer, just three months after attempting suicide. Her only son died in a gun accident when he was 24. She herself was diagnosed with diabetes at 33 and also dealt with alcoholism.
Despite all of these debilitating setbacks, she continued on with that winning smile. She really did make it after all. Rest In Peace.