Betty White was 4th ‘Mary Tyler Moore Cast’ member who was lost in 2021.
The year that was just over was a bittersweet one for those who loved “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,'” one of the most well-known comedy shows of the 1970s.
Cast actor Betty White, known for her character of Sue Ann Nivens on the show, passed away on Friday at the age of 99, 18 days away from her 100th birthday.
White’s death was the fourth person in”MTM” to die “MTM” cast to pass to death in 2021.
BETTY WHITE, TELEVISION LEGEND, DEAD AT 99
Other actors who passed away during the year included Cloris Leachman who was Phyllis Lindstrom (Jan. 27); Gavin MacLeod, who was Murray Slaughter (May 29) as well as Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant (Aug. 29).
Mary Tyler Moore (as Mary Richards) is seated at her desk on the left with Betty White (as Sue Ann Nivens) in the center, speaks with her, and Gavin MacLeod (as Murray Slaughter) standing right in the scene of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the mid-1970s. To their right, behind them, right is Ted Knight (1923 – 1986) (as Ted Baxter) and Georgia Engel (as Georgette Franklin Baxter).
The show also witnessed two cast members pass away in the year 2019: Georgia Engel, who was Georgette Baxter (April 12) and Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern (Aug.30).
Star of the show Mary Tyler Moore, aka Mary Richards, died in 2017 while Ted Knight, aka Ted Baxter died in 1986.
“Mary Tyler Moore Show” stars accept Emmy Awards for the 1975-76 season. From left to right: Edward Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight. All of them won Emmys the year they were in because of “MTM,” except Asner who was awarded for his scene on “Rich Man, Poor Man.”
Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman appear on the streets of Beverly Hills, California, in an undated photograph.
The departure of some of the show’s best actors makes it so that just the handful of actors with limited roles in the show remain. These comprise John Amos (Gordy Howard) who appeared in the beginning of the show and later appearing at the end of 1977. Joyce Bulifant, who often played Murray’s wife Marie as well as Lisa Gerritsen, who played Phyllis Bess’s daughter. Bess.
John Amos, right, was well-known for his character Gordy Howard who played the weatherman in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” when he was asked to play James Evans on “Maude,” and later “Good Times.”
Many other actors also played roles that were brief as romantic or family members in the roles.
This show ran between the year 1970 until 1977.