“She turned the world on with her smile.”
One of the most beloved television actresses of the 20th century, Moore died Wednesday according to her longtime publicist, Mara Buxbaum. She was 80, and had fought a long battle with diabetes.
She played two cute and perky characters that forever marked her career: housewife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and single girl Mary Richards. And even though she would try to break that image with other roles through the years, those roles forever touched TV audiences.