80 (passed away Jan. 25th, 2017)
Dec. 29th, 1936
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mary Tyler Moore's Main TV Roles
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Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirtyish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. Her notable film work includes 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
- Left dancing for acting because it "lacked the spotlight," and she "really wanted to be a star."
- Kent cigarettes was one of the sponsors of _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) and would regularly hand out free cartons of Kents to the cast and crew. During an interview with 'David Letterman' (qv), Mary confessed that she didn't like Kents, so she'd always take her share of the cartons and trade them in at the local store for her preferred brand.
- Best remembered by the public for her starring role as "Laura Petrie" on _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) and for starring in _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv).
- Mary Tyler Moore portrayed the first Sam, who was in charge of the answering service on CBS Television's _"Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (1957)_ (qv). Only her voice and her legs were known to the viewer.
- Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout, March 20, 2001.
- Appeared in the Broadway play "Sweet Sue" in 1988 with 'Lynn Redgrave' (qv) and a fully nude 'Barry Tubb' (qv).
- Though Moore would become inseparable from 'Edward Asner' (qv)'s character Lou Grant on the TV sitcom _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv), both actors first co-starred in 'Elvis Presley' (qv)'s final feature _Change of Habit (1969)_ (qv).
- Measurements: 36-28-36 (in "Happy Hotpoint" ads as a young starlet), 36-24-36 (on _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv)), 36C/D-25-36 (after 1990 implants - removed in 1991) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)