Mary Tyler Moore Fans Pay Tribute to Late TV Star at Minneapolis Statue

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The bronze sculpture depicts the star tossing her hat in the air just as she did in the opening of her Minneapolis-set 'Mary Tyler Moore Show.'

Fans of Mary Tyler Moore have been paying their respects at a bronze statue dedicated to the late actress in Minneapolis, the city in which her eponymous 1970s sitcom was set. 

The statue depicts Moore in the midst of tossing her hat in the air sporting an ear-to-ear grin as seen in the iconic opening to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and is inscribed with the opening line from the theme song: "Who can turn the world on with her smile?" 

A video captured by the Associated Press features fans imitating Moore's famous hat toss, at the end of the theme song, next to the statue in the star's honor.

The sculpture was erected in 2002 and was placed on display on the same downtown corner in which Moore appeared at the end of the 1970s-era show's opening number, hat aloft. In 2015, it was moved off the street to make room for sidewalk construction but was later put on display in a nearby visitor's center. 

“The reason she left Nicollet Mall is because it was under construction," Michael Hernandez, director of visitor services for the Minneapolis Visitor Information Center, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Construction is due to be complete in November of this year and although it's not confirmed, [the statue] will eventually be moved back once the construction is completed, but more than likely in summer of 2018.” 

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