Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dead at Age 80

Sad news today. Iconic actress, Mary Tyler Moore has died at age 80. She found fame first as Laurie Petrie in the early 60s situation comedy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and then went on to star in the groundbreaking Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70′.

Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV’s beloved The Mary Tyler Moore Show whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, has died.

Moore died Wednesday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said. She was 80.

Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

She won seven Emmy awards over the years and was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in Ordinary People.

She had battled diabetes for many years. In 2011, she underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor on the lining of her brain.

Read more at the Associated Press

Here’s the opening and closing for The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s very last episode in 1977.

I toss my beret in your honor, Ms. Moore….

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