Ted Knight, Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore appearing in the Mary Tyler Moore Show 1977. Credit CBS Television.
Ted Knight, Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore appearing in the Mary Tyler Moore Show 1977. Credit CBS Television.

Actress Mary Tyler Moore dead at 80

TELEVISION actress Mary Tyler Moore has died aged 80 in Connecticut after several years of suffering diabetes.

The star of The Dick Van Dyke and The Mary Tyler Moore shows was a six-time Emmy Award winner.

Ms Moore was the bubbly suburban housewife Laura in The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran for five seasons from 1961.

But it was her role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which aired from 1970 to 1977, for which she will be best remembered. It was the first to feature a never-married, independent career woman as its central character in the show about a Milwaukee TV news room.

From television she moved to film moving away from purely comedy roles, receiving a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her dramatic role in the 1980 movie Other People in which she played a grieving mother unable to cope with the death of her son.

She died in the company of friends and her husband of 33 years, Dr S Robert Levine.


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