Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80? Impossible! One of the favorite actresses of my youth, she was a master of comedy, perhaps not greatly appreciated for it because she made it look so easy. To me she will always be associated with the years of my childhood in the sixties and seventies. A reluctant icon of feminism, she was clear that she did not agree with radical feminists and that the most important role for any woman was that of mother. A moderate liberal in her youth, she became politically conservative as she grew older. Unlike many in her industry she did not seek to inflict her political opinions on her fans. One of the treasured memories of her life was when she and her mother had a private audience with Pope John Paul II. Like many comediennes and comedians, she had much sorrow in her life. May she know the Joy Eternal in the world to come.