Television icon Mary Tyler Moore passes away at age 80

Peter Castro
January 26, 2017

But that wasn't the role which catapulted her into stardom.

The actress, who is well known for her role on ' The Dick Van Dyke Show', had a long battle with diabetes after being diagnosed with disease at age 33.

She first rose to prominence as Laura Petrie, the wife of Rob Petrie, on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". "I seldom wear white as a result", she said.

Hollywood mourned her loss on Wednesday. Valerie [Harper] and I always had to rehearse and rehearse to work things through, but Mary was always ready to go, thoroughly prepared. I thought, "hmm maybe I too can throw my hat up in the air like that one day" Love is all around no need to waste it You can never tell, why don't you take it Your gonna make it after all.

The Jewish history of Mary Tyler Moore, person and TV personas, is extensive and very well-known, or maybe just in my family?

Mary Tyler Moore grew up in NY and Los Angeles with an alcoholic mother and a demanding father. She published a memoir on the subject in 2009.

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A cause of death was not immediately provided.

The seven-time Emmy victor began her career in modelling in a commercial for "Happy Hotpoint" as a tiny elf that danced on appliances.

Moore's first regular appearance was as a glamorous telephone receptionist in Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Together, these two roles helped cement Moore's status as a multifaceted artist equally at home being serious or silly. "Then she twists her ankle", Moore, who starred on the series from 1970-77, explained about the evening that her character was to be nominated for a Teddy award. The opening sequence, featuring Moore twirling and tossing her cap, became iconic. It won 29 Emmys and spawned three separate spinoffs that each ran multiple seasons: Rhoda (starring Harper), Phyllis (starring Leachman) and Lou Grant (starring Asner).

In a 2002 interview with CNN's Larry King, Moore explained why she believed the series became so popular. I think I am an actress as well as a personality. And I am an actress.

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