It was confirmed today that legendary actor Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80. The death of Moore was confirmed early on Wednesday (today) by her representative. Moore’s passing took Hollywood by surprise, with countless fans, friends and celebrities sharing their fondest memories of the terrific actor on social-media. Moore battled type 1 diabetes throughout her career, but an exact cause of death was not given at this time.
Many fans met Moore as Mary Richards, a character on wonderfully successful “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. The show ran for seven seasons, and centered on a single young go-getter trying to make her mark on the television industry. The character became an iconic role-model in the 1970s, as women were becoming a larger force at the workplace. Moore earned a director’s credit for an episode on the show.
Moore’s first diagnoses with with type 1 diabetes came in 1966, at that time Moore was in another iconic series, “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. That show featured Moore and Van Dyke, Moore played the role of Laura Petrie.
Moore won awards all throughout her career, in television and in film. Back In 1981, Moore was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in the “Ordinary People”. Moore’s books, After All in 1995 and Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes in 1995, were best-sellers when they hit bookstores. Later in her career Mary Tyler Moore was a welcomed guest-star in many popular sitcoms, including “Frasier,” “King of the Hill,” “That ’70s Show,” and most recently “Hot in Cleveland”. Moore was often a producer behind popular TV Movies, like “The Gin Game,” “Like Mother Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes,” and “Mary and Rhoda”. Moore was also an executive producer on the 1976 TV Movie “Cousins”.
Mary Tyler Moore was born right here in our very own New York City, and was Brooklyn native.