Mary Tyler Moore

December 30, 2011 by staff 

Mary Tyler MooreMary Tyler Moore, Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore turned 75 Thursday. The Emmy winner is best known for her roles in the series The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  Along with an Emmy, her work in Moore earned her a statue of herself. A full-sized statue of the actress is in Minneapolis, where the series took place.

Moore began her career with appearances in numerous commercials.

Her movies include Ordinary People (1980). Her performance in that movie as a mother coping with her son’s death earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Earlier this year, Moore underwent surgery to remove a tumor from the lining around her brain. The surgery was reportedly routine.

She and Van Dyke reunited Dec. 14 at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. He presented her with the 48th SAG Life Achievement Award.

Moore also recently guest-starred on the series Hot in Cleveland.

She is also known for her charity work and for championing many political causes, specifically animal rights and Diabetes mellitus type 1. Moore was diagnosed as a diabetic in 1970, when The Mary Tyler Moore show premiered. She founded Broadway Barks, an annual adopt-a-thon held in New York.

Her son, Richie, died in 1980 due to an accidental, self-inflicted gun wound.

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