Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

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Alex Weidner, Managing Editor

Mary Tyler Moore died on Jan. 25 at the age of 80. A representative for Moore said the cause of her death was cardiac arrest. The actress was surrounded by family and friends at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn. at the time of her death.

Moore’s most notable role was in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

Moore was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 29, 1936. She began her career by starring in commercials and minor television roles throughout the 1950s, until being cast alongside actor Dick Van Dyke in his self-titled television series, which aired from 1961 to 1966.

Debuting in 1970, the widely popular “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ran for seven seasons. In addition to producing the series, Moore played Mary Richards, a single working woman. The character became an icon for women in America, and helped normalize the image of single women in the workforce.

Moore won seven Emmy Awards in her lifetime. She was an activist for diabetes research, having been diagnosed with the disease in her early 30s. Moore was a vegetarian and advocate for animal rights.

Moore won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Lifetime Achievement Award
in 2012. Watch her acceptance speech here.

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