Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80
American film and TV star Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her eponymous 1970s TV show as well as the Oscar-winning film Ordinary People, has died. She was 80.
Publicist Mara Buxbaum said in a statement to BBC, CNN and others that Moore died today in the company of friends and her husband, Dr S. Robert Levine.
Moore first came to the attention of mass audiences as Laura Petrie, the perky wife of TV writer Ron Petrie, played by Dick Van Dyke. Their sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show - written and created by Carl Reiner - was a smash in its day, running for five years from 1961 to 1966 and making actors Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie and Larry Matthews household names.
Moore stuck gold again a decade later with TV comedy The Mary Tyler Moore Show which ran for seven years while cementing the small-screen careers of Ed Asner and Betty White. Moore's film dossier included the before-mentioned Ordinary People plus Thoroughly Modern Millie from 1967 and Flirting with Disaster from 1996.
Throughout her career, Moore was a passionate, outspoken activist who was widely revered in Hollywood and beyond. She wrote two memoirs and did extensive campaigning for diabetes, a condition she suffered. She was also a dedicated animal activist.
RIP Mary Tyler Moore and condolences to family and friends. Below are some Tweets from contemporaries and fans…
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 25, 2017
That shift in the Earth you just felt? That crater that is left behind? That is the legacy of the incomparable #marytylermoore RIP 2 an icon— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 25, 2017
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."#MaryTylerMoore— Denis Leary (@denisleary) January 25, 2017