Simply the Best: Iconic Women in Television

The iconic Mary Tyler Moore passed away on Jan. 25, 2017. She was one of many groundbreaking women who blazed a trail on television. Take a look at some of the other trailblazers on the small screen from decades past to today.

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We picked 12 of the most iconic women to ever grace a television screen. Did your pick make our list?
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She turned the world on with her smile. Mary Tyler Moore died Jan. 25, 2017, at age 80, but her lasting impact will be on the generation of women who saw her character Mary Richards as a role model.
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The original queen of comedy. Lucille Ball was a comedy pioneer in the '50s and paved the way for a generation of female television stars to come.
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From her television talk show to her magazine to her book club to her own television network, everything Oprah Winfrey touches turns to gold.
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Television journalist Barbara Walters is best known as the 11-year star of the "Today" show, and for being the first female co-anchor of a network evening news program. She also went on to create and star in "The View."
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A queen of sketch comedy, Carol Burnett succeeded is largely recognized as the modern-day successor to Lucille Ball.
Ellen DeGeneres' very public declaration about her sexuality in the mid '90s signaled to a generation of gay women it was alright to embrace themselves and their own sexual identity.
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Simply call her America's living treasure. The only "Golden Girl" still with us and still working at age 95. May we have many more years of Betty White
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As Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" Phylicia Rashad gave African American women a view at that time not often seen on television, a black woman who was wife, mother and white collar working professional.
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As America's mom, actress Florence Henderson not only raised "The Brady Bunch," but also a generation of television viewers.
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One of the stars of "Orange Is the New Black," actress Laverne Cox is the first openly transgender person in history to receive an Emmy nomination. She also works tirelessly as a trans-rights advocate.
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Yes, we're taking some liberties by including Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner as a group. As part of the original Not Ready For Prime Time Players the trio helped change the landscape of late night television forever.
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Perhaps the working woman's successor to Mary Tyler Moore, Candice Bergen's role as "Murphy Brown" from 1988-98 introduced the world to a new slew of challenges faced by women in the workplace.
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Black people... in space? Yes, during the turbulent civil rights era of the late 60's Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on "Star Trek" gave hope that blacks would indeed find a place in the future. She was also on the receiving end of a kiss from co-star William Shatner, the first Interracial kiss in television history.
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