Actress Mary Tyler Moore is dead at 80, rep confirms
Actress Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80.
The longtime television star was reportedly in grave condition at a hospital in Connecticut prior to her death on Wednesday.
Her rep, Mara Buxbaum confirmed the devastating news on Wednesday.
“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
Details remain short on the cause of death, but her family reportedly had arrived at the hospital to say their goodbyes earlier in the day. Moore has been battling diabetes for many years and in 2011 she underwent brain surgery.
The upbeat and funny actress first broke onto the scene in the 1960s when she played Laura Petrie, the spunky housewife of Dick Van Dyke on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Moore played the role from 1961-1966 and it earned her huge notoriety and a Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award two years in a row.
From 1974 to 1977, she played Mary Richards on “Rhoda,” another one of her popular roles. She then went on to have her own show as Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970-1977. She was a four-time Emmy Award winner for that role. She also earned multiple Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe win for the role.
Other beloved roles included her starring role in “Ordinary People,” which earned her an Oscar nomination. Moore’s last credited role was on “Hot in Cleveland” in 2013.
Outside of acting, Moore also had a production company, MTM Enterprises, which was at the forefront for creating comedy shows. Her company was behind “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere.”
Moore will go down in history as one of the most beloved comedic actresses of the time.