The next year "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered. The opening sequence, featuring Moore twirling and tossing her cap, became iconic. The show ended in 1977, but spurred several spin offs including "Rhoda," and "The Lou Grant Show." In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Moore explained why she believed the series became so popular. "I think I can take responsibility for that in that I was the audience," she said. "I was the voice of sanity around whom all these crazies did their dance. And I reacted in the same way that a member of the audience would have reacted." In real life Moore was not a single woman. In 1955 she married Richard Carleton Meeker and the following year gave birth to their son, Richard Jr. The couple divorced in 1961 and the following year she married CBS executive, Grant Tinker.
We are so saddened by the passing of our friend, Mary Tyler Moore. We will miss her & are grateful for her work to protect animals. ❤️️— The Humane Society of the United States (@HumaneSociety) January 25, 2017
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
Even now looking at this picture I want to cry. I still can't believe Mary Tyler Moore touched my face. Will love her 4 ever. pic.twitter.com/6u4ELq27vN— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 25, 2017
Here is a look at the life of Mary Tyler Moore, Emmy and Tony award winning actress.