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    Default Mary Tyler Moore dead at age of 80

    Mary Tyler Moore speaks at the at the National Press Club in 2009.

    Mary Tyler Moore really did turn the world on with her smile — and her incandescent acting skills.

    The Brooklyn-born actress, one of the nation’s most beloved stars after her Emmy-winning turns as housewife Laura Petrie and single career woman Mary Richards, died Wednesday.
    She just turned 80 this past Dec. 29.
    “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,” said a statement from her longtime publicist Mara Buxbaum.

    “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, who had struggled with health problems including diabetes, was reportedly hospitalized in Connecticut for the last several days.
    The ambitious young actress, after starting her career in TV commercials, became one of the queens of the small screen through her work in a pair of classic comedies in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

    She first emerged on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961-66, joining an ensemble cast on the show created by comedy genius Carl Reiner, and then as the headliner in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970-77.

    She earned two Emmys opposite Van Dyke and another three on her eponymous show. Moore also won a Tony Award for her part in the Broadway show “Whose Life Is It Anyway?,” and earned an Oscar nomination for her role as an emotionally-distant mom in the Robert Redford-directed “Ordinary People.”
    Moore had her eye on the Hollywood eye from an early age, as she revealed in an early interview.
    “I gave up college to learn to become a star,” she once said. “I don’t just hope for it. I work for it. I expect it.”
    Her first big break came as Happy Hotpoint, the spritely mascot of the Hotpoint Appliance Co. She sported pointy ears and a leotard when the ads first ran on “The Ozzie and Harriet Show” when Moore was still a teen.

    She then appeared as a secretary in a network detective series where only her shapely legs appeared on camera.

    Moore bolted after 13 weeks, intent on making her face as famous as her legs.
    She using her notoriety to land a variety of guest-starring shots on popular programs like “The Millionaire” and “77 Sunset Strip.”
    It was actor Danny Thomas who steered the young actress to Carl Reiner and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

    Moore, a bit down after a week of fruitless auditions, nearly blew off her meeting with Reiner. And she quickly blew him away.
    “That’s all it took — three lines,” he later recalled.

    Reiner had found his Laura Petrie, and signed her to a five-year deal.
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    Did she die watching Fox News?

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    A great actor and business women.

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    lol what does it say about the forum when the obituaries section gets the most traffic...

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    You're right Gordon, it's ironic that a forum that seems to be dying has an active obituary section .... I don't feel too well myself ...

    How do we resuscitate the forum? It would be a shame to see the forum close.


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