The beloved American TV icon and Hollywood-star Mary Tyler Moore has sadly passed away after a long battle with Type 1 diabetes and health complications. Moore is famously known as playing the first-ever sexy housewife and later as the inspiring independent career girl who changed the role of women in television forever.
Moore died today at the age of 80, according to her rep, “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’s character Laura Petrie won the hearts of millions on The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961-1966, but she became a household name thanks to her successful long-running career playing Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She later transitioned to film and stage where she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Ordinary People and a Tony for Whose Life is it Anyway?
Moore’s main passion in life was charity, and her work to end animal abuse and fight for more juvenile diabetes research.