LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actress Mary Tyler Moore has died, her longtime representative announced Wednesday.
“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,” Mara Buxbaum said in a written statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
The actress’ cause of death has not yet been released.
The Brooklyn native began her career as a dancer before navigating her way through the entertainment industry as an actress.
Moore was best know for her roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Throughout her career, she won seven Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, three Golden Globes, and a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alongside her prowess as an actress, Moore was recognized for her work as a producer and an executive. She co-founded MTM Enterprises with Grant Tinker, which produced popular television shows including “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Newhart,” “Rhoda,” and many others.
Carl Reiner, the legendary producer who hired Moore for the “Dick Van Dyke Show” shared his memories of Moore with KCAL9’s Kristine Lazar.
Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, issued the following statement upon learning of Moore’s passing.
“Mary Tyler Moore was a once-in-a-generation talent. 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.”
Longtime co-star and friend Ed Asner expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Dick Van Dyke, Moore’s first TV husband, also expressed his love for Moore on Twitter.
In her spare time, Moore acted as the International Chairperson for JDRF, and advocated for animal welfare and shelter adoption.