In light of the recent sad passing of Mary Tyler Moore, I thought it only fitting to add her to the Style Muse series. I've long been an admirer of her style (especially in The Dick Van Dyke Show) and hadn't got around to sharing this on the blog.
Mary was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to LA when she was eight year old and started her career in show business as a dancer at the age of 17. Her first tv appearance was in a Hotpoint advert in the 1950s where she was dressed as an elf.
Her parts soon grew in size and in 1961 she landed the role of Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show. She later starred in her own self-titled sitcom which ran for seven seasons from 1970 to 1977, it was named by Time Magazine as one of 17 shows that "changed television". With her modern trousers and Jackie Kennedy style hair, and playing a single woman living on her own chasing a career, Mary challenged the stereotype of women playing the traditional housewife character in front of millions of viewers.
Her stylish trouser and jumper combo is a look I often sport and is such a classic. Mary, you will be missed!
Sources: BBC, Guardian