“She turned the world on with her smile.”
Mary Tyler Moore, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and her eponymous ’70s sitcom has died, her publicist confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. She was 80.
Moore started on The Dick Van Dyke Show at age 23 (she was 11 years younger than her male co-star). She went on to win Emmys in 1964 and 1966, and the show collected 15 trophies in all.
In 1970, Moore and her second husband, Grant Tinker, pitched The Mary Tyler Moore Show to CBS. The premise of the single woman, alternating between work and home, would become a TV staple, going on to win a then-record 29 Emmys. The sitcom anchored CBS’ Saturday night lineup that also included All in the Family, M*A*S*H and The Carol Burnett Show.
“Mary Tyler Moore was a once-in-a-generation talent,” said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corp. chairman and CEO, in a statement. “She will be long remembered as a gifted actress, television pioneer and a role model to so many. CBS has lost one of the very best to ever grace our airwaves and our industry has lost a true legend and friend.”
Moore also starred in the big screen in such movies as X-15 (1961), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968), Don’t Just Stand There! (1968), Change of Habit (1969), Six Weeks (1982) and Just Between Friends (1986). In more recent years, the actress was seen on television in guest-starring roles on That ’70s Show, Lipstick Jungle and Hot in Cleveland.
“Mary Tyler Moore’s humor, style and vulnerability have had a profound influence on me as a television creator and on every woman I know working in television to upend expectations of traditional femininity,” said Lena Dunham in a statement. “Her remarkable presence and ahead of her time ability to expose the condition of single working womanhood with humor and pathos will never be forgotten. Her generosity as an animal rights activist and icon will never be forgotten. I never met her and I’ll love her forever. I know I’m one of millions.”
Robert Redford, who directed Moore in Ordinary People told The Hollywood Reporter: “Mary’s energy, spirit and talent created a new bright spot in the television landscape and she will be very much missed. The courage she displayed in taking on a role darker than anything she had ever done, was brave and enormously powerful.”
George Segal, who played Moore’s husband in Flirting With Disaster, said, “I’m so sad to hear that she died. She was a great trooper and a great comedienne.”
Rose Marie, the 93-year-old actress who, from 1961 through 1966, costarred with Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show as TV comedy writer Sally Rogers, was devastated to learn the news.
“She was wonderful. She came to us as a complete novice, but she learned so quickly and she became one of the best,” Marie told THR, through tears. “She used to tell me that she was learning a lot from Morey [Amsterdam, another star of the show] and me about comedy and timing and everything. We would tease her. We were very happy and had a lot of fun together on that show. We were very close when we were working together — we were like a family. I remember when she came into rehearsal and said, ‘I’m gonna have a show of my own one day and it’s gonna be called Mary Tyler Moore and I’m gonna have a kitty cat,’ and we all laughed and said, ‘Let’s hope that this show is a success first.’ The last time I saw her, I think, was when we did that reunion [several years ago], but I kept in touch with her — we talked every once in a while up until about four or five months ago, when she didn’t answer the phone. She was very sick. Dick would call me and tell me that she wasn’t doing well. I will miss her greatly.”
The six-time Emmy Award winner had elective surgery in May 2012 to remove what is known as a meningioma, or benign tumor of the lining tissue of her brain.
As news of her death spread on Wednesday, tributes flooded in from Hollywood via social media. See the posts below.
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) 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
#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
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
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
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) January 25, 2017
Hard to think of Mary Tyler Moore in the past tense. Happily, Mary Richards will always be with us.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) 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
— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) 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
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 25, 2017
R.I.P #maryTylerMoore “who can take a nothing day and make it all seem worthwhile well it’s you girl and u should know it”
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) January 25, 2017
“Who can turn the world on with her smile…” #MaryTylerMoore may she rest.
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) January 25, 2017
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore.
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) January 25, 2017
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore
— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) January 25, 2017
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) January 25, 2017
— Rosanna Scotto (@rosannascotto) 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
#MaryTylerMoore was a dear friend and a truly great person. A fighter. Rest in peace, MTM.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 25, 2017
RIP beautiful, upbeat, shining, glorious, wonderful, iconic Mary Tyler Moore.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 25, 2017
RT RealGilbertACP “…oh Mary, Mary, Mary… pic.twitter.com/sUnUKxKH0P“
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) January 25, 2017
Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at 80. How wonderful was her show? She will be missed terribly. pic.twitter.com/ZWn1XWqssy
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 25, 2017
— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) January 25, 2017
I throw my hat up in the air for you, Mary Tyler Moore. Loved her and her spirit. Rest in peace.
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore is gone. Very Sad Day. RIP My Dear Mary
God dammit. GOD. DAMMMIT. “Mary Tyler Moore, Who Incarnated the Modern Woman on TV, Dies at 80” https://t.co/zGs8tl1ugo
— jenny slate (@jennyslate) January 25, 2017
— Diane Guerrero (@dianeguerrero__) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore
Here’s to more strong women like you who continue to trailblaze & make the world laugh! pic.twitter.com/konCHEcoUj
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) January 25, 2017
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) January 25, 2017
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) January 25, 2017
So devastated to hear about Mary Tyler Moore. She really did turn the world on with her smile and yes Lou Grant, her spunk. pic.twitter.com/o1TWn4g0B8
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 25, 2017
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore was an icon who changed television as an actor, & director. But I will never forget her performance in ORDINARY PEOPLE. RIP
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) January 25, 2017
I’m so sad. Oh my gosh. https://t.co/uNq5nXp6nj
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 25, 2017
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWilson) January 25, 2017
Thank YOU, Mary. pic.twitter.com/Ob86w1Qp4o
— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) January 25, 2017
Honoring her great gift of laughter, every Mary Tyler Moore obit should reference Chuckles The Clown & “a little song, a little dance….”
— David Simon (@AoDespair) January 25, 2017
No words to express what sad news the death of Mary Tyler Moore is. What an amazing pioneering woman in comedy and entertainment. RIP Mary.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore pic.twitter.com/lqll6oGAQe
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) January 25, 2017