We have another early 2017 death on our hands. Today, television icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at a hospital in Connecticut at the age of 80.
While Moore’s career began in the early 50’s, her first big break came on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She played Laura, the wife of Van Dyke’s character, Rob Petrie. The show ran from 1961 to 1966 and Moore nabbed an Emmy Award for her performance. In 1970, Moore got her own TV show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran until 1977. It was announced that the newsroom sitcom would be ending due to its falling ratings during the seventh season. Yet, the show had a strong finish that netted it an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The show held the record for most Emmys won with 29 until Frasier finally won its 30th Emmy in 2002.
Following the conclusion of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore kept to her roots in television all the way up until 2013 with an appearance on Hot in Cleveland. Though, she did star in a number of films as well. She even received her only Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1980’s Ordinary People.
Over the years, Moore was also an advocate for a number of charitable causes including animal rights and even served as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Moore herself was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 33 and recently suffered from numerous complications from the disease including near blindness.
All respects go to Mary Tyler Moore’s family and friends.