BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 26 January, 2017


26 January, 2017

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[1946 days in a row]


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Trivia Question of the Day

This American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress was born Alicia Augello Cook, but better known by her stage name. What is her stage name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The last president born as a British subject, he also served the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. What is his name?

       William Henry Harrison                                                      Source

William Henry Harrison Sr. (February 9, 1773 - April 4, 1841) was the ninth President of the United States (1841), an American military officer and politician, and the last president born as a British subject. He was 68 years, 23 days old at the time of his inauguration, the oldest President-elect to take office until Ronald Reagan in 1981, who himself was superseded by Donald Trump in 2017. Harrison died 31 days into his term of complications from pneumonia, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history. He was the first president to die in office, and his death sparked a brief constitutional crisis, but its resolution left unsettled many questions following the presidential line of succession in regard to the Constitution until the passage of the 25th Amendment in 1967.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   William Henry Harrison.

mj wrote:
   He should have worn a hat
  I'm pretty sure that would be John Garfield.

Mark. (From Tippecanoe County, Indiana.) replied:
   Tippecanoe and Tyler, too! Indiana's own William Henry Harrison had the shortest term as president.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia 31 days after his inaugural.
  We should be so lucky.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   William Henry Harrison

Adam answered:
   William Henry Harrison

zorch wrote:
   William Henry Harrison. One month.

Tom C said:
   William Henry Harrison (I died in 30 days)

gene replied:
   William Henry Harrison. There was controversy on his VP, John Tyler filling out his term. Harrison's grandson Benjamin Harrison was also President.

Deborah responded:
   William Henry Harrison.
  That George Takei meme on today's page is great. I can't wait to use it.
  Plenty of sun and dry roads for the next few days. That's good for the soul.
  Enjoy your trip and hug your dad a lot. Mine died in 1984, at age 55; far too young.

Dave in Tucson answered:
   Damned if I know!

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Randall is in Vegas.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  January 25 Birthdays - Celebrities Born January 25 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Top Republicans accept 'alternative facts' from Trump - SFGate

Garrison Keillor: Help us, GOP, you're our only hope - SFGate

Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | Media | The Guardian

Dan Rather launches gutsy newsgroup to counter fake news & alternative facts

Rep. Lamar Smith urges Americans to get their new facts and news 'directly from the president'

Donald Trump Promises Investigation Into 'Illegal' Voting He Made Up | The Huffington Post

Keith Olbermann: Donald Trump Is Not Of Sound Mind And Must Resign | The Huffington Post

#ThankYouTrump 'Twitter Rally' Doesn't Go As Planned | The Huffington Post

Recycling Bin That Looks Like Donald Trump Sends Internet Into Seventh Heaven | The Huffington Post

Badlands National Park deletes tweets on climate change -

Great Big Story : The Art of Making 9-Foot Noodles by Hand

San Francisco School Board Removes Rule Requiring Some Students to Attend 'Oriental School' - NBC News

Activists Announce People's Climate March | The Huffington Post

Trump May Have Shut Down National Park Climate Tweets, But The Internet Won't Let It Die | The Huffington Post

National Park Service climate change Twitter campaign spreads to other parks | Environment | The Guardian

'It's going to make art great again': the street artists taking on Trump | Art and design | The Guardian

Keystone pipeline will create just 35 permanent jobs. Don't believe the lies | Congressman Raul M Grijalva | Opinion | The Guardian

Dutch respond to Trump's 'gag rule' with international safe abortion fund | Global development | The Guardian

Maybe Trump isn't 'lying' - The Washington Post

Trump plans visits to US cities; finds they don't want him anywhere near them

After Trump issues science gag orders, government scientists begin going rogue, plan march on D.C.

They'll come for state and local websites next...using .gov and .us

Germany moves to make insulting foreign heads of state legal-just in time for Trump

Progressives Have A Secret Tech Weapon In The Fight Against Trump | The Huffington Post

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Contribution

Current Events

I drew this up two days ago and it's been shared by 80 or so people, most of whom I don't know. Hope it makes you smile.


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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump Just Ordered Government Scientists to Hide Facts From the Public | Mother Jones

FEMA Under Trump Fails To Help After Tornados Devastate S.E. The Incompetence Is Showing Already. -

As Trump screeches 'voter fraud' claims, Steve Bannon is registered to vote in TWO different states -

Steve Bannon Is Registered to Vote in Two States -

Trump cabinet nominee Steven Mnuchin also registered to vote in two states -

Donald Trump, imperialist: Forget "isolationism" - Trump longs to build up our military and then use it -

Ex-C.I.A. Chief Blasts Trump's "Despicable" Speech at C.I.A. Headquarters | Vanity Fair

Trump Reportedly Still Uses An Unsecured Android Phone - Here's Why That's A Problem

Trump Aides Can't Stop Blabbing About How He's a Madman -

Secret Service agent wrote she wouldn't take a bullet for Trump | TheHill

Seth Meyers Tears Apart Trump Administration's 'Brazen' Lies - The Daily Beast

Public relations association rebukes Trump's White House on 'alternative facts' - POLITICO

Hackers downloaded US government climate data and stored it on European servers during Trump's inauguration - Quartz

Don't look now: It's President Pence! Donald Trump can be deposed, even without impeachment -



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night


Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'The Great Indoors', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'Pure Genius'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 1/10/17) are Andrew Garfield, Erin Andrews, and Cage the Elephant.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 12/12/16) are Chris Pratt, Olivia Munn, and She & Him.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'Superstore', followed by another RERUN 'Superstore', then a RERUN 'Chicago Med', followed by a RERUN 'The Blacklist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Danny DeVito, Brit Marling, Ciro Ortiz, Jon Bellion.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Timothy Olyphant, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Nelly Furtado, and Darren King.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/27/16) are Lisa Ling, the Thermals, and Vlad Yudin.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Momoa, and Kehlani.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Riverdale'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'My Kitchen Rules'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.

AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'Con Air', then the movie 'The Dark Knight'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-The Lodger
 [7:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-The Pandorica Opens-Part 1.
 [8:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
 [11:00AM]   DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
 [1:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Unification (Part 1)
 [2:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Unification (Part 2)
 [7:00PM]   STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Masterpiece Society
 [8:00PM]   HOOK (1991)
 [11:00PM]   HOOK (1991)
 [2:00AM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 18 - Episode 5
 [3:00AM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 1
 [4:00AM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 2
 [5:00AM]   TOP GEAR - SEASON 16 - Episode 3    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Top Chef', another 'Top Chef', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 'Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', and a FRESH 'Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show are Laurence Fishburne.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jeff Ross, Mike Lawrence, and Jamar Neighbors.

FX has the movie 'The Other Woman', followed by the movie 'Grown Ups 2', then a FRESH 'Baskets', and another 'Baskets'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', another 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Alone', then a FRESH 'The Selection: Special Operations Experiment'.

IFC  -   
 [1:45PM]    ANACONDA
 [8:00PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [10:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety
 [10:30PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [12:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Fred's Cell Phone Company
 [1:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Separation Anxiety
 [3:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Robert Kirkman
 [3:45AM]    ANACONDA

Sundance  -   
 [6:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Flunks Arithmetic
 [6:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Carnival
 [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Banjo-Playing Deputy
 [8:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Job
 [8:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy's Rival
 [9:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Malcolm at the Crossroads
 [9:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee, the Swinger
 [10:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bazaar
 [11:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Warning From Warren
 [11:35AM]    A Time to Kill
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Breeder
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Kids
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Big Bang
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Mayhem
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Homesick
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Survivor
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Corruption
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Double Blind
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Family Business
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Denial
 [2:00AM]    Little Miss Sunshine
 [4:17AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Death Be My Destiny
 [4:52AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Taxation Without Celebration
 [5:27AM]    The Bob Newhart Show-Desperate Sessions    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Resident Evil: Retribution'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Chris Hardwick and Cody Jinks.

TCM spends the night with Jane Wyman
 [6:00 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen (2008)
 [6:30 AM]      Great Mr. Nobody, The (1941)
 [7:45 AM]      Thieves Fall Out (1941)
 [9:00 AM]      The Wagons Roll At Night (1941)
 [10:30 AM]      Janie Gets Married (1946)
 [12:15 PM]      Cinderella Jones (1946)
 [1:45 PM]      The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
 [3:15 PM]      Brothers in the Saddle (1949)
 [4:30 PM]      Storm Over Wyoming (1950)
 [5:45 PM]      Come on Danger (1942)
 [6:45 PM]      Border Treasure (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      Magnificent Obsession (1954)
 [10:00 PM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Lucy Gallant (1955)
 [2:00 AM]      Miracle In The Rain (1956)
 [4:00 AM]      So Big (1953)

Friday   -  01/27/17

TCM spends the morning hours with Jane Wyman and the night with Rossano Brazzi
 [6:00 AM]      Night and Day (1946)
 [8:15 AM]      A Kiss in the Dark (1949)
 [9:45 AM]      My Love Came Back (1940)
 [11:15 AM]      Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937)
 [12:45 PM]      You're In The Army Now (1941)
 [2:15 PM]      The Body Disappears (1941)
 [3:30 PM]      A Guy Named Joe (1943)
 [5:45 PM]      Between Two Worlds (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [12:15 AM]      Instant Love (1964)
 [2:00 AM]      Count Your Blessings (1959)
 [4:00 AM]      The Battle Of The Villa Fiorita (1965)

USA has a FRESH 'Colony'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Nov. 6, 1982) - Alan King and Charles Nelson Reilly.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

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Seven Greenpeace activists unfurl a 70-foot by 35-foot banner reading the word 'Resist' from a tower crane near the White House in Washington, D.C.


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Sales Soar


After incorrect or unprovable statements made by Republican President Donald Trump (R-Con Man) and some White House aides, one truth is undeniable: Sales of George Orwell's "1984" are soaring.

First published in 1949, Orwell's classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of "newspeak" topped the best-seller list of as of Tuesday evening. The sales bump comes after the Trump administration's assertions his inauguration had record attendance and his unfounded allegation that millions of illegal votes were cast against him last fall.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway coined an instant catchphrase Sunday when she called his claims about crowd size "alternative facts," bringing comparisons on social media to "1984."

Orwell's book isn't the only cautionary tale on the Amazon list. Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel about the election of an authoritarian president, "It Can't Happen Here," was at No. 46. Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" was at No. 71.

Sales also were up for Hannah Arendt's seminal nonfiction analysis "The Origins of Totalitarianism."



Dancers of a carnival club, dressed as Statue of Liberty, watch performances of other clubs in the Saxony governor's office in Dresden, eastern Germany, Jan. 25, 2017.
Photo by Arno Burgi


Keep Net Neutrality

Al Franken

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Tuesday put the administration on notice, saying he will "fight every step of the way" to preserve net neutrality, which requires internet service providers to enable access to all content and applications, regardless of source.

The statement came after President Donald Trump (R-Grifter) picked Ajit Pai to head the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has opposed net neutrality rules as well as requirements that service providers protect cunsumer privacy.

Pai's "approach would be a disaster for millions of Americans, and if Pai and the Trump administration come after net neutrality, I will fight them every step of the way," Franken said in a Facebook post.

"Net neutrality is the free speech issue of our time, and the internet should remain the free and open platform that it's always been. It is critical to our democracy and our economy that it continue to operate this way."

The rules currently in effect prevent broadband providers from blocking access to legal content, applications, services or nonharmful devices; prevent them from speeding up or slowing down traffic for particular websites, and prevent them from collecting payments to give content providers an advantage over competitors.

Al Franken


Newhead News


Ordered To Remove Climate Science


Following the removal of all mentions of climate change from the White House website, the new administration has apparently trained its sites on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA and a handful of other government agencies are now reportedly under gag orders: employees are forbidden to discuss ongoing changes, post new material on agency websites, communicate on social media, or respond to queries from media or the public.

This morning, further reports emerged that the agency has been told to remove all mentions of climate change from its website.

In particular, the EPA site contains a page that includes links to scientific global-warming research, supported by detailed measurements of emissions from individual industrial sites, along with the Climate Change Indicators report-collectively assembled by multiple agencies-that analyzes and describes trends, causes, and effects of climate changes.

Over the past two weeks, according to unconfirmed reports, multiple scientists and volunteers have been working to download and archive that data in case it was removed from the agency's site.



A model wears a creation for Maison Margiela's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 fashion collection presented in Paris, Jan. 25, 2017.
Photo by Francois Mori


Displays Apollo Capsule Hatch


A relic from America's first space tragedy is finally going on display this week, 50 years after a fire on the launch pad killed three astronauts at the start of the Apollo moon program.

The scorched Apollo 1 capsule remains locked away in storage. But NASA is offering visitors at Kennedy Space Center a look at the most symbolic part: the hatch that trapped Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee in their burning spacecraft on Jan. 27, 1967.

A flash fire erupted inside the capsule during a countdown rehearsal, with the astronauts atop the rocket at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 34. A cry came from inside: "Got a fire in the cockpit!" White struggled to open the hatch before quickly being overcome by smoke and fumes, along with his two crewmates. It was over for them in seconds.

With its moon program in jeopardy, NASA completely overhauled the Apollo spacecraft. The redesigned capsule - with a quick-release hatch - carried 24 men to the moon; 12 of them landed and walked on its surface.

For the astronauts' families, Apollo 1 is finally getting its due. The tragedy has long been overshadowed by the 1986 Challenger and 2003 Columbia accidents. Remnants of the lost shuttles have been on display at the visitor complex for 1 years.



Digby's Hullabaloo


Lawmakers Trying To Sink Anti-Corruption Measure

South Dakota

South Dakota narrowly approved a ballot measure on Election Day called the South Dakota Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act. The state Legislature, the very body the act is designed to hold accountable, began using emergency powers Monday to overturn the measure, which Republican lawmakers have called "unconstitutional."

A House panel voted to send a bill nullifying the ballot measure to the floor. The ethics package was passed by 51 percent of voters and would implement a public campaign financing system, a state ethics commission and stringent new rules on lobbying and disclosures. The ethics package has come under fire from Republicans, who control the Legislature by a 88-16 margin, despite the fact South Dakota was ranked 47th in the nation for accountability by the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity.

"Across the board, the state lacks robust laws to prevent corruption, apparently the result of a sense, at least among South Dakota's ruling class, that burdensome controls are not needed in a rural state with a supposedly high degree of familiarity, trust and cordiality," the Center report said.

After the election, Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd issued a statement saying the ballot measure "created a constitutional crisis" by turning "every elected official in our state" into "de-facto criminals."

A judge issued a preliminary injunction last month to stay implementation of the measure after Republican lawmakers filed suit to block it.

South Dakota


Balloons carrying visitors fly at sunrise over old temples of the ancient temple city of Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar, Jan. 25, 2017.
Photo by Hein Htet


Domestic Violence


The Russian parliament on Wednesday passed the second reading of a controversial bill to decriminalize some forms of domestic violence.

The State Duma voted 385-2-1 to eliminate criminal liability for battery on family members that doesn't cause bodily harm. The bill that makes battery on a family member punishable by a fine or a 15-day day arrest has yet to be approved in the third reading. From the Duma, it would proceed to the upper house, largely a rubber-stamp body, and then to President Vladimir Putin's desk.

The bill stems from a Supreme Court ruling to decriminalize battery that doesn't inflict bodily harm, but to retain criminal charges for those accused of battery against family members. Conservative activists objected, arguing it was a threat to parents who might spank their children.

Activists picketed the Duma on Wednesday morning to oppose the bill, which has caused controversy and attracted more than 200,000 signatures online against it.

A survey this month by state-run pollster VTsIOM showed that 19 percent of Russians said "it can be acceptable" to hit one's wife, husband or child "in certain circumstances." The nationwide poll by phone of 1,800 people was held Jan. 13-15. The survey had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.



A woman is silhouette against the rooster decoration during the opening ceremony of 'FGS Dong Zen Temple CNY Lantern and Flora Festival' ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in the Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Jan. 25, 2017.
Photo by Fazry Ismail


Wildlife Officials Kill Cougars


In a scenario that could come from a B movie, normally timid mountain lions are forced by heavy snows into a remote community, where they feast on pets and chickens. It's happening in Oregon.

Cougars prowling through La Pine have killed two pets and at least 12 chickens, stoking fear in the town in the piney woods of Oregon east of the Cascade Range.

On Saturday, Deschutes County deputies shot and killed a cougar that was hiding under a porch after attacking a dog. On Monday, state and federal wildlife officials went to investigate, and killed three more of the cougars whose paw prints showed they had come right up to houses, on decks and in backyards.

Randy Lewis, a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, was one of the two men who tracked the cougars using dogs.

They found "an alarming amount" of cougar tracks that showed the cats had been on porches, in sheds and under cars.




In Memory

Mary Tyler Moore

Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," died Wednesday in Connecticut, her publicist confirmed. She was 80.

The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke's sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series. Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976. She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special "Stolen Babies."

Moore was also a powerhouse producer via her MTM production company with then-husband Grant Tinker, producing her own series as well as "The Bob Newhart Show" and spinoff series "Rhoda" and "Lou Grant," among others.

She combined wholesomeness and sex appeal with cracker-jack comedic timing. In many ways Moore was a throwback to Hollywood golden era leading ladies like Myrna Loy and Jean Arthur, but with a decidedly updated twist.

Her role as Laura Petrie, the suburban wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie, also represented a step forward for the portrayal of women on television. Though they maintained separate beds, the Petries otherwise shared an active, romantic marital life. And unlike Desi Arnaz on "I Love Lucy," Van Dyke's character was not threatened by his wife's talents or her intelligence.

The series made Moore a star, and she worked on films under contract at Universal. With the exception of "Thoroughly Modern Millie," in which she played third fiddle to Julie Andrews and the scene-stealing Carol Channing, the studio's attempts to fashion her in the Doris Day mold was unsuccessful. Moore also tried her hand at the Broadway stage, co-starring with Richard Chamberlain in David Merrick's musical version of Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

With the help of her second husband, producer Tinker, and the talents of creators James L. Brooks and Allan Burns, she fashioned a new series, "Mary Tyler Moore," which debuted on CBS in 1970 and revolutionized the sitcom. Even more than the Van Dyke show, it focused heavily on the central character's work life.

And in this case the central character was a single woman, Mary Richards, carving out a life for herself in Minneapolis. Moore was the pragmatic and delightfully vulnerable center of a strong ensemble cast that included Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Betty White, and Ted Knight. "Mary Tyler Moore" raked in the accolades during its run and thereafter was a permanent fixture in television syndication.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" won the Emmy for comedy show three years in a row, was named as one of the most influential TV shows of all time on numerous lists, and was one of the first shows to tackle issues including equal pay for women, divorce, infidelity, homosexuality, premarital sex, and infertility. Moore's character even recovers from an addiction to sleeping pills during the show.

After "Mary Tyler Moore," which Moore retired after seven seasons, she tried other series including sitcom "Mary," variety hour "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" and "New York News," another attempt to recapture the magic of her landmark '70s TV series. There was even an effort to reunite her with Harper, her Rhoda sidekick on "Mary Tyler Moore," starting with a TV movie, "Mary and Rhoda."

The actress finally snared a role that challenged her abilities in Robert Redford's Oscar-winning directorial debut, 1980's "Ordinary People." She played completely against type as a stern, cold matriarch, living in denial after the death of her favorite son. The beautifully wrought performance brought her an Oscar nomination. Then in the mid '90s she was again offered a film role, supporting this time, that displayed her range: As a neurotic, overbearing Jewish mother in "Flirting With Disaster," Moore was hilarious in a completely different way than in any of her TV comedy appearances.

Moore also returned to Broadway stage, finding some success in the drama "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" and taking home a special Tony for her performance. She also appeared on the Rialto in A.R. Gurney's "Sweet Sue" in 1987.

On TV, she carved a niche for herself in TV movies, most notably the breast cancer tale "First You Cry" and the miniseries "Lincoln," in which she played Mary Todd Lincoln. She drew Emmy nominations for both. There was also "Finnegan Begin Again," "Heartsounds" and "Just Between Friends," which brought her good reviews and award recognition.

Moore continued in TV movies during the 2000s, including the sentimental "Miss Lettie and Me," and she guested on series including "That '70s Show," "Lipstick Jungle" and, in 2011, "Hot in Cleveland," where she reunited with her "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star Betty White. There was also a reunion show, 2004's "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited," in which she participated.

In 1983, after almost 20 years of marriage, Moore separated from Tinker, who had gone on to run NBC and sold to her his share in MTM Enterprises, which she subsequently sold. The company had been very successful with several spinoffs from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" as well as other hit series like "Hill Street Blues" and "WKRP in Cincinnati."

Moore was born in Brooklyn but grew up in Los Angeles, where she attended Immaculate Heart High School and married Richard Meeker at age 18. She broke into performing through television commercials, memorably as the Hotpoint elf on "The Ozzie and Harriet Show" in the mid-'50s. Her first regular TV assignment was on the TV series "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" in 1959 as the urbane investigator's assistant, though only her legs and hands were visible onscreen. It led to guest spots on such series as "77 Sunset Strip" and "Hawaiian Eye."

Moore had been interviewed by Danny Thomas to play his daughter on the series "Make Room for Daddy," and he remembered her and recommended her to Carl Reiner when he was casting "The Dick Van Dyke Show." After a shaky start in 1961, the sitcom afforded Moore the chance to show off her comedic gifts and sometimes even her song-and-dance abilities.

The actress penned two memoirs. In "After All," released in 1995, she acknowledged that she was an alcoholic; "Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes" (2009) centers on living with type 1 diabetes. Moore had been diagnosed with diabetes in her 20s and was a tireless crusader for the disease via the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

In May 2002, cabler TV Land unveiled a statue in downtown Minneapolis of the character Moore made famous on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The statue depicts the iconic moment in the show's opening credits in which Mary throws her tam o'shanter in the air. Moore was present for the ceremony.

Moore received the SAG lifetime achievement award in 2012 from Dick Van Dyke.

In 1980, her only son Richard (by first husband Meeker) died accidentally from a gunshot wound at the age of 24.

Moore is survived by her third husband, Dr. S. Robert Levine, whom she married in 1983. Tinker died in November.

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