Hollywood Remembers Mary Tyler Moore As a Female Force of Change
Beloved TV icon Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday at the age of 80 after being hospitalized in Connecticut.
"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," her rep Mara Buxbaum told The Huffington Post in a statement.
Born in 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Moore first acquired fame when she starred as Laura Petrie on the '60s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
She went on to star in her own series, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," becoming the first female to play a never-married working woman as character Mary Richards, a 30-year-old TV news producer.
The series held the record for most Emmys — 29 — won until 2002, The Huffington Post reports.
In a 2002 CNN interview, Moore didn't think twice when asked if she believed her character was a feminist. The show featured scenes where Moore's performances involved asking for equal pay in the workplace and going on the pill, which allowed the series to engage in the conversation about a women's place and women's rights.
"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," MAKER Oprah Winfrey said in recent PBS documentary honoring Moore.
She won her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture for Ordinary People in 1981, her first Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for Stolen Babies in 1993, a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy in 1987, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2012, and landed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 8, 1992 on Hollywood Blvd.
Most recently, from 2011-2013, she appeared in "Hot In Cleveland."
Founding Broadway Barks 15, Moore became an animal rights advocate, fighting against inhumane farm animal suffering.
"I would like to be remembered as somebody who made a difference in the lives of animals," she said in a 1997 interview for the Archive of American Television.
She also contributed in the search to cure diabetes, serving as the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after being affected herself with type 1 at age 33, causing her to suffer near blindness in her later years.
Her memoir, "Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes," was published in 2009.
Moore was married three times, and had a late son, Richie Meeker, with first husband Richard. Moore married her third spouse, Robert Levine, fourteen years her junior, in 1983.
See below for how influential men and women in Hollywood are honoring her legacy across social media.
I loved Mary Tyler Moore on so many levels it was confusing. Such a huge part of our culture and consciousness. Sending love to her family.— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 25, 2017
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
Mary(MTM) was a gem. She was iconic, my boss, cast mate and a friend and I will miss her— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 25, 2017
She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 25, 2017
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."#MaryTylerMoore— Denis Leary (@denisleary) January 25, 2017
That shift in the Earth you just felt? That crater that is left behind? That is the legacy of the incomparable #marytylermoore RIP 2 an icon— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 25, 2017
Oh Mary Tyler Moore. You were true inspiration, and power when I didn't know what that was. Thank you. #RIPMaryTylerMoore— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 25, 2017
What an angel. Always was and will be. A great part of my childhood and so many people's lives.… https://t.co/msBTM6VyFd— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) January 25, 2017
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore.— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) January 25, 2017
who could turn the world on with her smile.. who could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile" RIP Mary Tyler Moore— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) January 25, 2017
RIP beautiful, upbeat, shining, glorious, wonderful, iconic Mary Tyler Moore.— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 25, 2017
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