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Mary Tyler Moore dies at the age of 80

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - 2017)

Legendary television star and dancer Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80 her publicist reports.

The actress was probably best known for two roles, the effervescent Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the groundbreaking single career woman Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

"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," her publicist Mara Buxbaum said. 

Known for having pitch-perfect comic timing and charisma, the actress made a dramatic change to her persona in 1980. Her role in “Ordinary People,” as a grieving mother who blames her surviving son for the death of his brother, garnered her an Oscar nomination. 

Moore had been battling Type 1 diabetes since the age of 33, just about the time she was cast to play the Minneapolis news writer in her famous show.

The city of Minneapolis paid tribute to the sitcom queen when they erected a statue in her honor. They had to remove the tribute for sidewalk maintenance, putting it in storage, but due to enormous outcry from the public they decided to place it inside a downtown visitor’s center.  

The move Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion also immortalized the show with their tagline, "I'm the Mary and you're the Rhoda," referencing Mary's upstairs neighbor and less social friend Rhoda Morgenstern. 

Perhaps Moore will always be remembered  as one of the lyrics to her theme song so eloquently put it, she, "can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile."

Mary Tyler Moore (1936 - 2017)