Mary Tyler Moore dies at age 80

Mary Tyler MooreBeloved TV actress Mary Tyler Moore was rushed to a Connecticut hospital earlier today, where she passed away at the age of 80.

Moore’s representative, Mara Buxbaum, released a statement to TMZ, which first broke the story. It read: “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.”

Moore was diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes at age 33. She had once been quoted as saying, “Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now – a time bomb affecting millions like me and the children here today.” She released a book titled Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and, Oh Yeah, Diabetes in March 2009 and lobbied for more funding for diabetes research.

The TV icon first shot to fame with a starring role on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961 to 1966, and for her Emmy award-winning series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran from 1970 to 1977. She is also a Golden Globe winner and an Oscar nominee for her work in the feature film Ordinary People (1980).

Moore was was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1986 and in 1992 was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. marymary • January 25, 2017 @ 3:54 PM

    another star that i grew up watching even when her show was in black and white, i’ll toss my beret up in the air in memory of our Mar!

  2. rollanda mailloux • January 25, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

    Another actress from the great days of Hollywood gone sad to hear of her passing, but glad because of her shows and movies the next generation can enjoy her.

  3. Penguin • January 25, 2017 @ 5:30 PM

    Another great person who will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Ms Moore

  4. Summer • January 25, 2017 @ 10:07 PM

    Loved her show, and loved her work. She’ll be very much missed but will live forever on screen. RIP Mary ❤️

  5. Bonnie Belfield • January 26, 2017 @ 10:53 AM

    Mary-Tyler Moore was such an inspiration to all single woman. yes, she set the pace and she wil be greatly missed.

    Bonnie Belfield

  6. MARIANA GRINBLAT • January 26, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

    grew up with her, would watch her show inbetween studying for my exams. what a great actress and person. glad she died in peace, Mariana Grinblat.

  7. CDubya • January 26, 2017 @ 12:13 PM

    Well, I hope this doesn’t affect Dick Van Dyke who is like 91, or Betty, who both worked and loved Mary. 2017 is NOT starting out so well for celebs. We thought 2016 was bad, looks like 2017 might be worse!

  8. Kelly • January 26, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

    Very sad for the loss of such a great Actress, Producer, Writer & simply an inspiration to women everywhere…I pray her family & friends find peace in knowing she truly gave her life to teach us all the lessons of freedom in harsh realities…Mary lived through many of those realities & came out the other side a better person!! Thanks Mary Tyler Moore for inspiring me in so many ways…”Turned the World on With her Smile”
    RIP Mary

  9. judywurr • January 26, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

    yes she was a great actress i watched dick van dyke all the time and still watch mary tyler moore show they were all grat shows back then i wish they would bring some more old shows back thanks for the great memories you left us rest in piece

  10. mike • January 26, 2017 @ 5:58 PM

    same here like all the other people above watched on the tube also in black and white every afternoon after school she seemed like a very loveable person just as she portrayed on the mary tyler moore show we are all going towards the same path its unavoidable that’s why we make the best now

  11. Liz Allan • January 26, 2017 @ 11:40 PM

    What a shock it was to learn of Mary’s passing ! She was like a Family member to SO many of us…came into our homes through our Television sets every Wk. ! I’ll “never” forget the scene where Mary’s grocery shopping & looks at the price of a package of meat…in disgust & disbelief…she just “tosses” it into her shopping cart ! “Very” much like today…I’ve done it !! It was wonderful to see them ALL together again as a Special appearance…Mary, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, Rhoda & God forgive me, I can’t remember the name of the beautiful Blond ?! (Ted’s wife on the show) Anyway, as wonderful as it was to see them ALL together then, you could tell Mary wasn’t feeling up to herself BUT..was loving being there TOO much ! That’s OUR Mary !! Rest In Peace Sweet Mary ! Our Loss is Heavens Gain !! Forever Loved & Forever Missed !!

  12. Candy • January 27, 2017 @ 3:56 AM

    Watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show was a Part of My Growing Up. I loved the Song that played during the beginning of the show : “Cuz I did It MY WAY …. yes MY WAY …..” It was Good Clean Humor & Mary’s BIG Beautiful Smile I Will Never Forget ! I will cherish the memories. GOD BLESS & RIP Mary.

  13. Homer • January 27, 2017 @ 7:17 AM

    Let ‘er R.I.P.

  14. clifford wells • January 27, 2017 @ 1:42 PM

    I would love for the re~runs to come back on Tv.Just loved that show!

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