Award Winning Acting Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies

Award winning actress Mary Tyler Moore died January 25 in Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 80 as a result of complication from pneumonia. She has also dealt with diabetes for many years.

Moore is best known for her record breaking award winning self titled television shows where she pioneered the single career woman sitcom.

She began her professional acting career while still in her teens dancing on television commercials.

Moore made her television debut in 1957 as herself dancing on “The Eddie Fisher Show”. While known for her roles on the “Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, Moore appeared in over 75 productions including numerous variety and talk shows and awards shows, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, “Sunset Strip”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, “Hawaiian Eye”, “Phyllis”, “Rhoda”, “Ordinary People”, “Shalom Sesame” (Israeli Sesame Street), “Frasier”, “King of the Hill”, “The Gin Game”, “That 70’s Show”, and her final role in “Hot in Cleveland”.

Moore made her Broadway debut in 1968 as Holly Golightly in the original production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Her other Broadway roles include “Whose Life is it Anyway?”, “Noises Off”, “The Octette Bridge Club”, Joe Egg”, “Benefactors”, “Sweet Sue”, and “Safe sex”.

Moore’s acting career on the Broadway stage, in films, and on the television screen spanned over five decades. During that time she has won seven Prime Time Emmy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actor’s Guild, and two Tony Awards. There is a statue of Moore in Minneapolis depicting her with her signature tam on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”.

Besides acting, Moore served as the Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Inernational Foundation and was a supporter of animal rights and embryonic stem cell research.

She was born December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York the oldest of three children. She was raised in California from the time she was eight years old.

Predeceased by her only son Richard and siblings Elizabeth and John, she is survived by her third husband Robert.

 

 


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