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.
- Was paired with 'Richard Chamberlain (I)' (qv) in 1967 for "Holly Golightly," a musical adaptation of 'Truman Capote' (qv)'s earlier novel (and film), _Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)_ (qv). When it became obvious during pre-Broadway tryouts that no amount of play-doctoring was going to save a potentially disasterous show, producer 'David Merrick (I)' (qv) announced that he was closing the show one week prior to it's scheduled Broadway opening, as he put it, "out of consideration for the audience."
- She won Tony Awards in 1980 and in 1985. She won in 1980 after taking over the lead in the play "Whose Life Is It Anyway?". She was so good that she was given a special Tony because she was not eligible for a traditional nomination due to being a replacement performer. She won in 1985 when her company, MTM, backed the revival of the play "Joe Egg".
- First TV appearance was in 1955 as "Happy Hotpoint" the Hotpoint Appliance elf, in commercials aired during the _"The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952)_ (qv) TV show.
- Her brother, John, died on December 26, 1991, in Los Angeles at age 47.
- Told 'David Letterman' (qv) that her (and others') nickname for 'Dick Van Dyke' (qv) when they did the _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) together was Penis Von Lesbian, a play on his real name.
- 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.
- In an interview, she stated that her famous "Oh, Rob!" as "Laura Petrie" on _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) was based on the acting style of 'Nanette Fabray' (qv). On _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv), 'Nanette Fabray' (qv) played her mother.
- Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent) at age 33.