Mary Tyler Moore, the television icon who charmed America with her talent and charisma died in a Connecticut hospital, she was 80. Her longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement “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.”
Mary became famous after starring on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961 to 1966. She then pioneered her way to 7 successful seasons on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970 to 1977, this despited skeptics who viewed her show as destined to fail.
In 1986 she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, starred in well over 10 films and wrote 2 memoirs. She married 3 times, once forming power couple status when she married TV exec Grant Tinker in 1962. Her only son, Richard, from her first marriage to Richard Meeker died from an accidental gunshot in 1980.
Although she isn’t technically a Disney personality, she was represented in the Academy of Television courtyard Hall Of Fame in Hollywood Studios.
Her passing is felt by all and we will all miss her.
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