Iconic actress, Mary Tyler Moore, dies at 80
Television pioneer Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday of pneumonia. She was surrounded by her husband of 33 years and dear friends. Moore was 80 years old.
Moore’s representative, Mara Buxbaum said she will be remembered as a “fearless visionary.”
Moore’s 1970s sitcom series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” heralded a new era for women on television. She played Mary Richards, a 30-something year old career woman working as a news producer at a TV station. The show was praised and watched by feminists and fans alike. It was the first popular and successful modern woman’s sitcom.
Moore and her second husband Grant Tinker created a production company that created television programs such as “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere” and spin-offs from her show like “Rhoda.” Earlier she earned two Emmys for her role as Laura Petrie in the “Dick Van Dyke Show.” Recently the Screen Actors Guild honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Celebrities took to Twitter to mourn Moore’s loss.Former co-star Ed Asner wrote “My heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.”
Ellen Degeneres tweeted, “Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all woman. I send my love to her family.”
Journalist Dan Rather said “I’m deep in regret about the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. What an actress. What a woman. What a person. Always gracious, filled w/good humor.”
Mary Tyler Moore was an international ambassador to raise funds to fight juvenile diabetes, a disease she suffered.