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 a heavy smoker during the time _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) was in production. Has since quit. She was trying to quit smoking during filming directed by 'Carl Reiner' (qv) when she discovered that she was going to be off-screen for the majority of the episode.
- Her vision has declined because of her diabetes, and she has had to give up her hobbies, like ballet and horseback riding.
- (2001) She recently testified before Congress (along with actors 'Kevin Kline (I)' (qv) and 'Jonathan Lipnicki' (qv) and former astronaut 'Jim Lovell (I)' (qv), commander of Apollo 13) calling for an increase in funding for diabetes research and support embryonic stem cell research, which she called "truly life affirming." Also present in the hearing room were about 200 children with diabetes and their families, who were in town for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Children's Congress 2001.
- Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent) at age 33.
- Daughter of George Tyler Moore, a devout Catholic, and his wife, Marjorie Hackett, an alcoholic.
- 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.
- Son Richie's death in 1980 considered accidental, not suicide (hair trigger on gun went off - gun later removed from market for same reason).
- Her brother, John, died on December 26, 1991, in Los Angeles at age 47.