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.
- Her sister, Liz, was born 3 months earlier than her own son. Elizabeth was born March 20, 1956, and Richie was born July 3; both in Los Angeles at Queen of Angels Hospital.
- 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".
- Her sister, Elizabeth, died in 1978 at age 21. Her death was ruled a suicide by drug overdose.
- 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.
- Broke her kneecap after tripping over her adopted dog, Spanky [June 2, 2008].
- Ex-stepmother of 'John Tinker' (qv) and 'Mark Tinker' (qv).
- Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout, March 20, 2001.