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.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.
- Her brother, John, died on December 26, 1991, in Los Angeles at age 47.
- Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout, March 20, 2001.
- Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent) at age 33.
- Is, to the day, 2 years older than 'Jon Voight' (qv).
- Left dancing for acting because it "lacked the spotlight," and she "really wanted to be a star."
- Her vision has declined because of her diabetes, and she has had to give up her hobbies, like ballet and horseback riding.
- Walked out of the 'Neil Simon (I)' (qv) play "Rose's Dilemma" in December, 2003, citing problems with the playwright. Reportedly he sent her an insulting note prior to an appearance regarding her failure to memorize lines. The problem was that he had kept rewriting her lines and expected her to learn them on the spot. She was replaced by actress 'Patricia Hodges (I)' (qv), but the play closed two months later to poor reviews.