Mary Tyler Moore, a legendary actress and activist, has passed away at the age of 80.
“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 representative Mara Buxbaum told Just Jared in a statement.
It was reported earlier that the 80-year-old star was hospitalized in “grave condition” in Connecticut.
Mary was well known for her starring role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), where she starred as a thirty-something single news producer. Mary also starred on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966) in the role of Laura Petrie. In addition to her famous television roles, she appeared in dozens of other TV projects and movies including Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Oscar Ordinary People – which earned her an Oscar nod – (1980), Just Between Friends (1986), Keys to Tulsa (1997), Against the Current (2009), and many more. She’s also a seven time Emmy winner.
In addition to performing, Mary was an activist and campaigned for animal rights and diabetes mellitus type 1 awareness. Mary had diabetes and was diagnosed when she was 33 years old. Mary was the International Chairman of the JDRF. In 2011, Mary underwent brain surgery for a benign meningioma.
We’re sending our thoughts to Mary Tyler Moore’s family and loved ones.