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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, read more

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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