Artist who cast Mary Tyler Moore sculpture dies
Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark, has died. She was 76. Gwendolyn Gillen died two days after Moore died at the age of 80. In 2002, Gillen’s lifesized statue of Moore was dedicated on Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian mall near where Moore threw her tam hat in the opening credits of her 1970s TV show, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” The statue is now on display in the Minneapolis Visitor Center during mall reconstruction.