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Bella Donna: Mary Tyler Moore

Well-known for her role as a stay-at-home mother in 1960s comedy classic, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore is probably most widely recognized for the program with her namesake: the Mary Tyler Moore show. The image of her spinning then carefreely tossing her knitted cap in the air comes to mind — capturing the essence of her sassy character, Mary Richards, who she portrayed on the show.

As Richards, Moore brought the notion of a successful 30-something single working woman making it on her own into the forefront of thinking. To distinguish between her early wholesome image, producers wanted Moore to sport a hairstyle a little "spunkier" for her character. While her chin-length flip stayed the same underneath, Moore's hair was transformed to the iconic long and volumized style through use of a fall (a half-wig). Moore wasn't a fan, and once her show proved to be a hit, she unveiled her natural look once again.

The willowy actress with the wide smile is now in her 70s. Moore, a vegetarian, is actively involved in the rights of animals. As a diabetic herself, she devotes much of her time lobbying for diabetes research, and is currently the International Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Set your TiVo — she will soon be appearing on Lipstick Jungle as Brooke Shields' character's mother.


Looking demure in 1963.

Cute and perky for a 1965 Dick Van Dyke Show shot.

Looking coy (and bouffant) in 1969.

I'm flipping over this publicity shot taken in 1969.

A 1970s Mary Tyler Moore show photo.

To see some more pictures of Moore and a nifty video from the Mary Tyler Moore show,


Looking demure in 1963.

Cute and perky for a 1965 Dick Van Dyke Show shot.

Looking coy (and bouffant) in 1969.

I'm flipping over this publicity shot taken in 1969.

A 1970s Mary Tyler Moore show photo.

Ever the animal lover, Mary poses with her dog at home in 1970.

At home in 1970 — what gorgeous eyes.

A hippie-like tribute in 1976.

Curly-haired at the 1981 Academy Awards.

Lipstick Jungle promotional shot in 2008.  Moore will be playing the mom of Brooke Shields' character.

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Dublin62505 Dublin62505 7 years
I used to love to watch that show as a child. I loved her apt. in the show and Rhoda Morgenstern.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
Both my parents really liked her...my mom thought she was smart and stylish, and my dad thought she was smart and pretty :-)
kahribar kahribar 7 years
I loved all her shows. Have never seen Lipstick Jungle and probably never will so won't be seeing her on it, shame for me.
terryt18 terryt18 7 years
I LOVE MTM !!! She's so beautiful, articulate and classy. MTM was such a good show too.
terryt18 terryt18 7 years
I LOVE MTM !!! She's so beautiful, articulate and classy. MTM was such a good show too.
chiquita29 chiquita29 7 years
Wow she looks beautiful in that photo. I've always thought she was such a pretty lady, I remember watching the two shows mentioned on Nick at Night when I was little. I loved Rhoda too.
chancleta chancleta 7 years
MTM rocksLipstick Jungle seems so trashy
chancleta chancleta 7 years
MTM rocks Lipstick Jungle seems so trashy
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