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    Mary Tyler Moore, independent icon who changed television, dies at 80

    Mary Tyler Moore (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
    Mary Tyler Moore (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

    Mary Tyler Moore, the multiple Emmy-winning actress who first charmed TV viewers on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the 1960s and became a beloved TV icon who could “turn the world on with her smile” on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s, has died. She was 80.

    In a career that began as Happy Hotpoint, the dancing and singing 3-inch pixie in Hotpoint appliance commercials on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in 1955 when she was 18, Moore went on to star in television and films and on Broadway.

    In 1981, she received an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of the emotionally cold mother in “Ordinary People,” the Robert Redford -directed drama about an upper-middle-class family dealing with the death of its eldest son in a boating accident with his brother.

    The unsympathetic, dark role was a departure for Moore, who remains best known for her light touch in two classic situation comedies that, together, earned her six Emmy Awards .

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