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About Mary Tyler Moore's Iconic Hat Toss.

Mary Tyler Moore turned the world on with her smile and she also made them want to throw their cute blue tams-or hats-into the air just like she did on the opening credits of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The beloved actress died Wednesday at 80 years old, but not before bronze a statue was erected in her character's honor in 2001.

The original hat might be impossible to buy, but an ( imposter can be found on Etsy. Mugginsquilts sells a blue beret that is described as "Mary Tyler Moore Inspired Tam Hat Cap." It's priced at $50. Those who want it should move fast. There's only one hat left. It's a handmade item that ships worldwide from Canada. ( Click here to buy the accessory.

Moore famously played Mary Richards, a plucky Minneapolis newswoman, for seven years on the hit sitcom, which won 29 Emmy Awards. In a moment that eventually went down in TV history, Moore tossed her hat at the intersection of 7th Street and Nicollet Avenue. That's where the statue is located, too.

"Tossing the hat inspired so many women," former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles-Belton told the ( Wall Street Journal in 2001. "It showed us we're capable. We're bold. And we're cute."

Moore's character, who lived on TV from 1970 to 1977, inspired the masses. "People, mostly women, have told me how meaningful Mary Richards was to them, how she helped them weather a Saturday night without a date, or inspired them to get into journalism," the actress was quoted as saying, ( according to the Journal.

Moore's death was ( confirmed by her longtime rep Mara Buxbaum.

"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," ( the statement said. "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."

She was reportedly on a respirator for a week, TMZ reported Wednesday. 

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Date:Jan 26, 2017
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