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Born: December 29, 1936 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


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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