Fans of Mary Tyler Moore may still be mourning the loss of the beloved actress after her death on Wednesday, but a piece of her eponymous television show lives on.
The seven-bedroom house in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Moore’s character Mary Richards lived on the third floor, is being sold for $1,695,000.
While the interior scenes were filmed in a studio, exterior shots of the real house located at 2104 Kenwood Parkway were featured prominently in the show, and fans have flocked to the location for years to catch sight of the iconic home.
The Victorian home first hit the market in 2013 for $2,895,000 – and it’s now going at nearly half off the original listing price.
The 9,500-square-foot home, located just two miles outside central Minneapolis, was once split into separate apartments, much like the fictional house on 119 North Weatherly, where Moore’s character lived.
But the property was later renovated into an enormous single-family home including seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and five fireplaces.
The house, which features wooden moulding and detailed accents throughout, has a grand mahogany staircase at its entrance.
The sprawling kitchen includes a massive L-shaped island, with stainless steel appliances complementing the white cabinet work.
The iconic house, which is now more than a century old, has also been updated with a triple garage, an enclosed, wrap around porch, and a luxurious sauna.
The home is even listed on Trip Advisor as a notable landmark, and fans of the Mary Tyler Moore Show have flocked to the property for years, with some bus tours making a point to drive past.
While the interior of Richards’ apartment in the show bore no resemblance to the layout of the real house, producers recreated the attic’s arched windows in the character’s living room.
The Emmy award-winning actress died Wednesday surrounded by family members at a Connecticut hospital.
Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum,said in a statement: ‘Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine.
‘A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.’
The actress, who first gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, had been on a respirator for more than a week before her death, TMZ reported.
Moore suffered from a number of health problems, including a long battle with Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with in 1966 at the age of 33.
But the New York native went on to play Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore show from 1970 to 1977, in a groundbreaking role where she portrayed a single career woman working in a Minneapolis TV newsroom.
Moore truly made her mark on the series, which aired at a time when women’s liberation was catching on worldwide.
The actress won seven Emmy awards over the years and was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in Ordinary People.
Source: Daily Mail