Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile … and the world turned their televisions on to watch.
She was the girl next door we invited her into our homes; she welcomed us into hers. From the Petrie home on Bonnie Meadow Lane in New Rochelle, and later, to the apartment on North Wetherlie, in Minneapolis, where Mary came into her own as “Mary Richards” -- the aspiring journalist who inspired a generation of young women.
She may not have cracked the glass ceiling, but she opened the door -- and millions followed her in.
CBS News celebrates the extraordinary star and the enduring characters she brought to life -- and became part of our lives.
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