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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 29, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, dancer

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An iconic modern woman who starred in two very different, but very successful sitcoms, actress Mary Tyler Moore also made an enormous contribution to television history as the producer of numerous acclaimed comedies and dramas of the 1970s and 1980s. Audiences first fell in love with Moore as a believable symbol of the smart, young, pants-wearing mom on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) before she came to signify a new breed of independent, liberated professional woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77). In addition to her longstanding reputation for comedy, Moore delivered a powerful, Oscar-nominated performance in the 1980 feature "Ordinary People," in addition to starring in over a dozen television movies. As co-founder of MTM Productions, Moore was integral to the success of top rated "Mary Tyler Moore" spin-offs "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78) and "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-82), as well as "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78) and the police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Though her career slowed down in later years, Moore remained active in numerous charities and causes, particularly Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with early in her career....

An iconic modern woman who starred in two very different, but very successful sitcoms, actress Mary Tyler Moore also made an enormous contribution to television history as the producer of numerous acclaimed comedies and dramas of the 1970s and 1980s. Audiences first fell in love with Moore as a believable symbol of the smart, young, pants-wearing mom on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1961-66) before she came to signify a new breed of independent, liberated professional woman on the Emmy-winning sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77). In addition to her longstanding reputation for comedy, Moore delivered a powerful, Oscar-nominated performance in the 1980 feature "Ordinary People," in addition to starring in over a dozen television movies. As co-founder of MTM Productions, Moore was integral to the success of top rated "Mary Tyler Moore" spin-offs "Rhoda" (CBS, 1974-78) and "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-82), as well as "The Bob Newhart Show" (CBS, 1972-78) and the police drama "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-87). Though her career slowed down in later years, Moore remained active in numerous charities and causes, particularly Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with early in her career. Because of her contributions to television, Moore remained a timeless icon whose influence with subsequent generations of female performers remained incalculable.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Cheats (2003)
3.
 Blessings (2003) Lydia Blessing
4.
 Miss Lettie and Me (2002) Lettie Anderson
6.
 Mary and Rhoda (2000) Mary Richards
7.
 Labor Pains (1999)
8.
 Keys to Tulsa (1997) Cynthia Boudreau
9.
 Payback (1997) Kathryn Stanfill
10.
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At the age of 17, appeared as a dancing elf in commercials for Hotpoint Appliances broadcast during "Ozzie and Harriet" (ABC)
1958:
Appeared in several bit parts on ABC shows "Bourbon Street Beat," "77 Sunset Strip" and "Hawaiian Eye"
1959:
First regular TV role was as a telephone receptionist on the show "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (NBC); only her legs were shown and voice heard; Moore quit after three months
1961:
Cast as Van Dyke's wife Laura Petrie on the CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," created by Carl Reiner
1961:
Made film debut in Richard Donner's "X-15"
1966:
Broadway debut, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (closed in previews)
1967:
First substantial role in features, "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
1969:
Made TV-movie debut in the NBC thriller "Run a Crooked Mile"
1969:
Portrayed a nun opposite Elvis Presley in the feature "Change of Habit"
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Co-formed MTM studios with Grant Tinker
1970:
Played the title role of a single working woman on the popular CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
1978:
Hosted the short-lived CBS variety series "Mary" (lasted only three episodes)
1978:
Appeared in the CBS special "How to Survive the '70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness"
1978:
Portrayed Betty Rollin in the CBS biopic "First You Cry"; earned an Emmy nomination
1979:
Played Mary McKinnon on the CBS series "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" (lasted only three months)
1980:
Replaced Tom Conti on Broadway in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"
1980:
Earned Best Actress Academy Award nomination as the repressed wife and mother in the Robert Redford directed "Ordinary People"
1982:
Cast as the mother of a young girl dying of leukemia who is romanced by a politician in "Six Weeks"
1984:
Checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for treatment for alcohol abuse
1985:
Cast as a 40-ish schoolteacher who embarks on a romance with an older newspaperman in the HBO drama "Finnegan Begin Again"
1985:
Played Mary Brenner on the short-lived CBS sitcom "Mary"
1986:
Cast as a woman who unwittingly befriends her husband's mistress in "Just Between Friends"
1987:
Returned to Broadway in "Sweet Sue" opposite Lynn Redgrave
1989:
Developed and starred on the short-lived series "Annie McGuire" (CBS)
1992:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1995:
Returned to series TV on the short-lived CBS drama "New York News"
1996:
Co-starred in "Flirting With Disaster" as the adoptive mother of a man (Ben Stiller) seeking his birth parents
1996:
Played a mentally-challenged woman in the Family Channel movie "Stolen Memories: Secrets from the Rose Garden"
1997:
Had recurring role as Tea Leoni's mother on the NBC sitcom "The Naked Truth"
1997:
Re-teamed with Edward Asner in the ABC dramatic film "Payback"
1998:
Hosted the HBO special "Mary Tyler Moore in Three Cats From Miami...and Other Pet Practitioners"
2000:
Re-teamed with Valerie Harper (played Rhoda in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") in the ABC movie "Mary and Rhoda"
2001:
Cast as con woman Sante Kimes in the CBS TV drama "Like Mother, Like Son"
2004:
Reunited with her "Dick Van Dyke Show" castmates for a reunion show called "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" (CBS)
2005:
Appeared as a high-strung host of a fictional TV show on three episodes of the Fox sitcom "That '70s Show"
2008:
Returned to series TV as Wendy's (Brooke Shields) mom on the NBC series "Lipstick Jungle"
2009:
Played a supporting role opposite Joseph Fiennes in the drama "Against the Current"
2011:
Reunited with former co-star Betty White with a guest appearance on "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land)
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Education

Immaculate Heart High School: Hollywood , California -

Notes

Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986

"Mary Tyler Moore must be counted, along with Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, as one of the great comediennes of American television. She is quite different from those other two raucous clowns, however; doll-like and a little distant, projecting a kind of determined innocence that was captured most perfectly in her famous role as a single career woman on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." --Tim Brooks ("The Complete Directory to Prime Time TV Stars," Ballentine Books, New York 1987)

Moore suffers from diabetes and has done TV promotional advertisements for diabetes charities and produced workout videos whose proceeds go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (1985).

Former board chairwoman of MTM Enterprises, Inc. (which she founded with then-husband Grant Tinker).

"I love comedy and I hope always to have it a true part of my life. But I decided that I was not going to play any more characters with whom I was totally familiar. It doesn't interest me to play a very nice, very likeable, somewhat naive, vulnerable ... you know, all those adorable features of the two ladies I've played." --Moore commenting on her choice of new type of character role in "New York News" from Daily News, July 25, 1995.

"I've lost the baby fat, and with the help of a cosmetic surgeon, I've pulled up some of the slack ... I like to think of (the surgery) as staying fit. And if it can keep my face up where it belongs, then I will go to a doctor and get his assistance." --On cosmetic surgery in Entertainment Weekly, October 13, 1995.

In her autobiography, "After All", Moore revealed that she and her husband Dr. Levine helped her terminally ill brother John with an assisted suicide attempt. Her brother had a stash of painkillers which Moore mashed into ice cream and spoon-fed to her brother while her husband operated a morphine pump. Moore admitted that for her husband "it was difficult from an ethical point of view but he was never directly involved". Her brother survived for an additional three months before succumbing to natural causes.

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husband:
Richard Meeker. Food salesman. Married 1956; divorced 1961.
husband:
Grant Tinker. Executive; TV producer. Married in 1960s; divorced 1981.
husband:
S Robert Levine. Cardiologist. Married 1983; born c. 1954.

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father:
George Tyler Moore. Utilities company clerk.
mother:
Marjorie Moore.
brother:
John Hackett Moore. Property master. Born c. 1945; died December 1992 in Los Angeles of cancer; worked on TV shows "Mary", "Fresno" and "The Bob Newhart Show" (see also notes).
sister:
Elizabeth Moore. Born c. 1957; died 1978 of drug and alcohol overdose.
son:
Richard Meeker Jr. Died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound c. 1980.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"After All" G.P. Putnam's Sons

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