Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80
An American television icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at 80 years old on Wednesday, January 25, according to her representative Mara Buxbaum said. A cause of death was not released. The six-time Emmy winner was reported to have been in critical condition in a Connecticut hospital earlier in the day.
Moore was known best for her roles as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke show and for her own CBS sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore show, which ran from 1970-77 (and its spinoff Rhoda from ’74-’77). She most recently appeared in an arc of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland as Diane in 2013 and the documentary, Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, in 2015.
“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,” Buxbaum said. “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.”
In a statement, SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210) reflected on Moore’s legacy. “Mary was a television legend, but more than that, in her most iconic role she was both an agent of change as well as a reflection of our changing society. At a time when independence for women was not the social norm, both the fictional Mary and the real-life Mary set an example, showing that women could take control of their lives and their careers,”Carteris said. “She will be dearly missed.”
In May 2012, Moore had surgery to remove a meningioma, or benign tumor in her brain. She leaves behind her husband of 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine.