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3. Other Classic Moms That Stole Viewers’ Hearts

On the flip side, in this era came TV moms that had the flair of the ’50s with a little extra “oomph” as women were evolving. These included “Laura Petrie” the beloved character from The Dick Van Dyke Show played by sassy actress Mary Tyler Moore. Marion Ross owned her role as “Marion Cunningham” on Happy Days, where she not only mothered her own children but also the Fonz, and of course, who could ever leave out Florence Henderson? Henderson’s character “Florence Brady” was the matriarch of one of TV’s most famous blended families, The Brady Bunch. She juggled six kids but rarely seemed frazzled and always looked stylin.’ Having a live-in housekeeper seemed to agree with her.

Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie
Carol Brady

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