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Nun among the roles of the late Mary Tyler Moore

Posted by: Carol Schuck Scheiber   🕔 Thursday 26, January 2017 Categories: Vocation and Discernment,Catholic culture
The 1969 Mary Tyler Moore-starrer "Change of Habit" is one of many Hollywood films about Catholic sisters.

The late actress Mary Tyler Moore (1937-2017), who died this month, once played a nun on screen. Among Moore's long list of film and TV credits, she starred in "Change of Habit," a 1969 film in which she depicted a Catholic sister who was, as the movie's trailer pronounces,  "dedicated to her calling but at heart a woman."  That is, she was yet another woman of her era who had a crush on Elvis.

The movie is one of many Hollywood films about Catholic sisters. From Julie Andrews as a rambunctious novice in "The Sound of Music" to Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking," films have frequently turned a lens on life as a sister. Catholic sisters themselves take issue with inaccuracies, but pop culture curiosity about religious life seems to live on.

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