Mary Tyler Moore

Actress, television star

The American actress, producer and star of the golden age of television, was renowned for her role in the Television sitcom, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most beloved in television history. She was a producer and starred in her own television sitcom series, ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’. During its seven-season run, it won 29 Emmys, with Moore receiving four of the awards for her portrayal of Mary Richards

The acclaimed actress, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an actress in 1973, 1974 and 1976. As Laura Petrie on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ she won two Emmys. In 2012, the Screen Actors Guild Awards her with ‘The Life Achievement Award.’

Moore was active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights. She was also a passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

On January 25, 2017, Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic, brilliant actress, passed away at the age of 80 from cardiopulmonary arrest at Greenwich, Connecticut, USA.

Name:   Mary  Moore
Born:   29 December 1936
Star Sign: Capricorn
Died:   25 January 2017
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Country: New York (NY) United States
DetailsOther Names
George Tyler Moore
Marjorie Hackett Moore
Robert Levine (m. 1983 - her death in 2017); Grant Tinker (m. 1962– div.1981); Richard Carleton Meeker (m. 1955– div.1961)
Had Richard Meeker in July 3, 1956. At 24 years old Richard died of an accidental gunshot on October 14, 1980.

Mary Tyler Moore, was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York to George Tyler and Marjorie Hackett Moore. She was the eldest of three children and was raised in the Catholic faith. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled, due in part to her mother's alcoholism.

Mary attended a Catholic high school and began acting and dancing while in high school. She married upon her graduation in 1955. Her only child, Richard Meeker Jr., was born soon after.

Guest Appearances
Moore's first break was in 1955, as a dancing kitchen appliance for Happy Hotpoint, the Hotpoint Appliance elf commercials generally broadcast during the popular 1952 sitcom, 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.' Moore then focused on her acting, and landed a number of guest roles on TV series.

Moore also found work as chorus dancer in television variety shows. She landed a role in the TV drama 'Private Detective playing Sam a glamorous secretary whose face was never shown, only her shapely legs.

The Dick Van Dyke Show
Moore made several guest appearances in T.V. shows including: Johnny Staccato, Bachelor Father; The Tab Hunter Show; 77 Sunset Strip; Surfside 6; Hawaiian Eye and Lock-Up. She made a film debut in X-15, an aviation drama starring David McLean and Charles Bronson.

In 1961, she landed the role of Laura Petrie, on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' which starred Dick Van Dyke. Moore showed off her flair for comedy. Moore and her fellow performers received multiple Emmy awards for their work.

Musical Films
In 1966, Moore focused on making movie musicals. She played Miss Dorothy Brown in the 1967 musical ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ which also starring Julie Andrews. In 1969, Moore also played a dramatic role in the television thriller 'Run A Crooked Mile' opposite Louis Jordan. In 1970, she also starred as a nun in 'Change of Habit' starring Elvis Presley.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
In 1970, Moore returned to television, and starred in her own show, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' which she produced with her second husband, Grant Tinker through their company MTM Enterprises. The show became a cultural phenomenon. The T.V. comedy, 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' also featured Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Betty White, Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman.

Mary Tyler Moore Show ended
Her portrayal of Mary Richards, an independent, single woman who became a feminist icon in 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' was successful and among the finest television programs ever produced in America. In 1977, Moore ended the show, but found it difficult to flee the beloved 'Mary Richards' persona. Moore acting talent was recognized in 'Ordinary People' (1980) and in Finnegan Begin Again (1985).

Other Roles
In 1988, Moore starred as the troubled Mary Todd Lincoln in 'Lincoln.' In 1993, she starred in 'Stolen Babies' as an infamous baby smuggler, for which she won her sixth Emmy award. A new appreciation for her famed comic talents was in the 1996, 'Flirting with Disaster.'

Moore also acted on Broadway and won a Tony Award for her performance in 'Whose Life Is It Anyway?' Between 2001 and 2005, Moore was a guest on: 'The Ellen Show'; 'That 70s Show' and ‘Hot in Cleveland.’ She reunited with cast mates for ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited’.

Awards and Recognition
Moore won many awards, including the Golden Globe Best Motion Picture, Actress-Drama in the film 'Ordinary People'; the Golden Globe Best TV Star - Female Award in 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and the award for 'The Mary Tyler Moore. In 1992, Moore received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.'She also won an Emmy for her role as an unscrupulous orphanage director in the television miniseries Stolen Babies (1993). Moore was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1986. In 2012, the Screen Actors Guild presented Moore with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Final Curtain
Moore was a cultural icon and inspiration to women especially for her roles in -The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. She became active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights and diabetes.

During 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and also suffered from alcoholism. In May 2011, Moore underwent elective brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma. On January 25, 2017 at the age of 80, Mary Tyler Moore died from cardiopulmonary arrest, following a bout with pneumonia.

Mariage and family
Moore was married three times, to producer Richard Meeker in 1955, and had her only child, Richard Jr. They divorced in 1961. She then married television executive Grant Tinker and formed the MTM Enterprises. They divorced in 1981.

Tragedy struck the family when her son Richard died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1980. In 1983, she married Dr. Robert Levine. She battled health problems from brain tumors to diabetes throughout her marriage but he stood by her side through it all.

A 17-year-old Mary Tyler Moore got her start in showbiz as Happy Hotpoint, the spokes-elf for Hotpoint appliances. She danced in 39 commercials for the company.

She was a Model. Moore was a model for various LP covers.

'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' was a record breaking show. It raked in 29 Emmys across its seven seasons. That record that remained for nearly three decades until Frasier logged its 30th trophy in 2002.

Her long name helped her stand out. When she auditioned for the Danny Thomas series Make Room for Daddy, which she didn't get, she was only remembered as “the girl with three names” and recommended her to Dick Van Dyke.

The Dick Van Dyke Variety Show helped her launch a solo sitcom career.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" Broke Records. It also earned a record-breaking 29 Emmy Awards over its seven-season span.

Mary Richards was supposed to be a divorcée in 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.'

She struggled to keep a straight face during 'Chuckles The Clown Episode'. Mary kept cracking up every time she referred to one of Chuckles’ characters, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo, and struggled to remain contained while filming.

Moore tried her had at Variety Shows. In 1979 she tried with The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, which only lasted 11 episodes.

She married her mother's doctor. Mary walked down the aisle for the third and final time in 1983 falling for Dr. Robert Levine who treated her mother’s heart condition.

"Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."

"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."

"Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers."

"Don’t be looking for perfection. Don’t be short-tempered with yourself. And you’ll be a whole lot nicer to be around with everyone else."

"I've had the fame and the joy of getting laughter—those are gifts."

"Worrying is a necessary part of life."

"Having a dream is what keeps you alive. Overcoming the challenges makes life worth living."

"A friend will give you immediate feedback and that will be that friend's opinion. An analyst often remains quiet and you hear what you've said and you gain your own insight."

"There's one beneficial effect of going to Moscow. You come home waving the American flag with all your might."

"You truly have to make the very best of what you've got. We all do."


On January 25, 2017, Mary Tyler Moore, died at the age of 80 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia. She passed away in the company of friends and her loving husband of more than 33 years, Robert Levine. Mary Tyler Moore was laid to rest in Oak Lawn Cemetery, in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.

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