Mary Tyler Moore, the pioneering star of megahit TV sitcoms throughout the ’60s and ‘70s, died Wednesday in a Connecticut hospital.
Moore was 80, and had been fighting a series of health issues, including diabetes. She died surrounded by her husband and friends, according to her publicist, Mara Buxbaum.
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,” her rep said in a statement. “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.”
The Brooklyn and Queens native first came to fame as New Rochelle homemaker Laura Petrie, the wife of Dick Van Dyke in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” on CBS in the 1960s.
But her greatest acclaim came on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” which lasted for seven seasons and produced 168 episodes, also on CBS, in the 1970s.