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Mary Tyler Moore Dies at 80

Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who inspired generations with her namesake show, has passed away, according to her publicist.

A longtime rep for Moore, Mara Buxbaum issued a statement to media:

“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.”

A star of stage and screen, Moore was a hall-of-fame TV and film actress. She featured on The Dick Van Dyke show from 1961-1966 and took her star turn on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1970-1977. She began her film career in 1961 and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1980 for her role in Ordinary People. 

She also penned two memoirs and was an outspoken advocate for animal rights. Moore was diagnosed with type I diabetes early in the run of her eponymous show, and was vocal about her struggles with the disease. In 2011, she underwent elective brain surgery. Moore had one son, who died in 1980.

(The Hollywood Reporter has written a more in-depth obituary for Mary Tyler Moore’s death.)