She Turned The World On With Her Smile: A Farewell To Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore passed away today at the age of 80 due to complications related to diabetes. She had been in poor health for some time. Moore first burst into America’s collective pop culture consciousness in the 1960s with her winsome portrayal of Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She then rose to superstardom on the eponymous Mary Tyler Moore Show—which saw additional popularity in the 1990s when it was rerun on Nickelodeon’s Nick at Nite.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered September of 1970. It dealt with a topic seldom addressed at that time, which was a single working woman out on her own for the first time. This was a huge inspiration for women across the US during the early days of the women’s liberation movement.

On her shows, Moore was known for her sunny, cheerful disposition. This was in direct contrast to her real life, which was clouded by family tragedies and her own health issues related to diabetes.

The optimistic tone of her landmark sitcom was set from the very opening shot, accompanied by Sonny Curtis’s gentle, iconic opening theme song, “Love Is All Around.”

Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?

Well it’s you girl, and you should know it

With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it

You can never tell, why don’t you take it

You’re gonna make it after all

You’re gonna make it after all

How will you make it on your own?

This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone

But it’s time you started living

It’s time you let someone else do some giving

Love is all around, no need to waste it

You can never tell, why don’t you take it

You might just make it after all

You might just make it after all

Whether you’ve been a fan since the 1960s or only remember her from reruns, her groundbreaking body of work will live on to inspire and encourage us all. If you want to learn more about her life and accomplishments, here’s the CNN report of her passing.

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