We’re so sad to learn that beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80. Moore was born in Brooklyn and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. After appearances on various early television shows, her career took off when Carl Reiner cast her as “Laura Petrie” on The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1969, she and Grant Tinker formed MTM Enterprises, which produced Moore’s next show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Moore starred as “Mary Richards” for seven seasons. She went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in “Ordinary People” and was International Chairman of JRDF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Below are some selections from her 1997 interview:
On being cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show:
On The Mary Tyler Moore Show finale:
On her role in “Ordinary People”: