(CNN)It was one of the most-important and most-watched TV shows of the 1970s, a vehicle for a female actress playing a single working woman. The premise was unusual and the setting — a Midwest television station’s newsroom — was unique, with the laughter underscoring social points still relevant today.
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” starring Moore as TV news producer Mary Richards, racked up honors year after year after debuting in 1970. Three times it was awarded the Emmy for outstanding comedy series.
It created iconic TV images: Moore tossing her cap into the air in the show’s opening, the final episode’s group hug and rendition of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” that mixed tears with laughs.
Even though Moore was the star of the TV show that carried her name, it was the cast that carried the show with her during its seven-season run.
The core cast went on to appear in spinoffs and their own hit series, and some are still busy in front of the camera.
Here’s what happened to the much-decorated actors on the CBS hit about a Minneapolis TV newsroom and its cast of characters:
Ed Asner (Lou Grant, the boss)
Since portraying Georgette Franklin, Georgia Engel, 68, has appeared in films and cted on series including “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Coach.” She also has voiced characters in three “Open Season” films and “The Care Bears Movie.” Most recently she played the role of Mamie in “Hot in Cleveland.”
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