Mary Tyler Moore

December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017

Groundbreaking actress and producer, Mary Tyler Moore, changed the game. Though, she was already enjoying some working success in her young career, she blasted into the national eye when Carl Reiner cast her opposite Dick Van Dyke in 1961’s The Dick Van Dyke Show. Moore’s Laura Petrie not only provided a brilliant comedic compliment to Van Dyke’s energetic Rob, but also re-imagined the role of the “housewife” as something more than just dinner and slippers. Moore would win her first Emmy for her work on the show, and she wasn’t about to slow down.

In 1970, Moore, along with her 2nd husband and their new production company, MTM Enterprises, sold The Mary Tyler Moore Show to CBS. The show, which completely upended television with its portrayal of a single, working woman in a Minneapolis TV newsroom, would run for 7 years and garner Moore another 6 Emmys. The show produced iconic moments and 3 successful spin-offs and remains one of the most beloved American sitcoms of all time.

In 1980, she received an Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe for her work in Ordinary People. She popped up in movies and TV shows over the course of the next 30 years. Off screen, she devoted herself to philanthropy and animal rights. The last years of her life were plagued with health issues. In 2017, while being treated for pneumonia, Moore died of cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 80.


Oak Lawn Cemetery – Fairfield, CT

Specific Location

Enter the cemetery and stay to the left. Follow the northwestern edge of the cemetery until you get to Section D. Mary’s prominent grave is up the hill to your right, marked by a large angel statue with its back to you.


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