Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80

Actress Mary Tyler Moore who was known for starring on the The Dick Van Dyke Show along with her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died in a Connecticut hospital.

Mary’s rep, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement saying, “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.”

Mary reportedly had been on a respirator for more than a week and had been taken off life support Tuesday night. She battled diabetes and underwent brain surgery in 2011.

She earned an Oscar nomination for best actress after her iconic performance in the 1980 film Ordinary People. The 7 time Emmy winner began her career modeling in a commercial for Happy Hotpoint.

Mary, who in 1986 was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, starred in well over 10 films and wrote 2 memoirs. She is survived by her only son, Richard, from her first marriage to Richard Meeker.

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