TV Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Jenna Warner
January 26, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that we report that the world has lost Academy Award-nominated actress Mary Tyler Moore.

Her first appearance was in a Hotpoint advert in the 1950s, dressed as an elf.

The two stars reunited in the beloved made-for-TV movie "Mary and Rhoda" in 2000.

While her nose may have been too small to play his offspring, Thomas would remember her and she was later invited to audition as Laura Petrie, wife of Rob Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke on the Dick Van Dyke Show.

Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen tweeted, "RIP attractive, upbeat, shining, glorious, wonderful, iconic Mary Tyler Moore".

But that wasn't the role which catapulted her into stardom. "She was a pioneer on television and also one of the sweetest, nicest people I ever knew". She also won a Golden Globe for her role in 1965. Her son, Richard, passed away in 1980 and she is survived by her husband, Robert Levine.

One of her best performances is near the end of a fifth-season episode called "The Shame of the Cities", where Mary and Lou put together a documentary on a boringly honest politician. She later went on to star as Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s.

The show earned solid ratings, staying in the yearly top 20 for six years. The series finale was the seventh most watched show during that week.

American actors Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight laugh in a still from the television series, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", circa 1976.

Mary Tyler Moore, who died today at the age of 80, was one of America's greatest television comedy stars, and it came about nearly by accident.

Moore would become more than a television personality. After the show ended in 1977, Moore tried her hand at other sitcoms, variety shows and even dramatic series but was never as successful.

The woman was more or less anonymous until she and Moore crossed paths at a book signing in 1996.

She auditioned to play Danny Thomas' daughter on Make Room for Daddy but was turned down because of her tiny, upturned nose. She acted alongside Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, and a young Timothy Hutton. The scene is a showcase for what Moore can do with her face and voice (stifled laughing, honest but amusing crying).

Britney Spears also took to Twitter to honor Moore, writing, "So strong, so courageous and so handsome".

Off camera, she was known as a longtime animal rights champion and a spokesperson for diabetes issues after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a life-threatening illness, when she was 33. She was the worldwide chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

She talked about her life with diabetes in the book "Growing Up Again". In 2015, her former co-star Dick Van Dyke told late night host Larry King that "diabetes has taken a toll on her; she's not well at all".

Mary Tyler Moore tragically died at the age of 80 on January 25, and her longtime friend and colleague, Robert Redford, 80, is remembering her by the incredible career she had. Pain nourishes your courage. "You can't be fearless if you've only had wonderful things happen to you".

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