Refresh for latest… The TV world lost one of its greatest icons today. Mary Tyler Moore, the six-time Emmy winner and 15-time nominees who lit up the small screen with her two legendary series — The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s and The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’70s — died at 80. Back in 2012, the WGA released its list of 101 Best Written TV Series, and it ranked Mary Tyler Moore at No. 6 and Dick Van Dyke at 14. She also scored an Oscar nom for her lead role in 1980’s Ordinary People. Hollywood figures and others expressed their sadness and grief social media immediately after the news of her passing broke; here is a sampling:
Shonda Rhimes, producer, writer: “Reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show sustained me as a teenager. The woman who threw her hat all the way up in the air was an independent woman who loved her job, didn’t need a husband to define her value, lived alone. Mary the character was fierce — she was everything. That show had three successful spinoffs. When I found out that Mary the person had her own TV company MTM Enterprises, I stopped simply admiring her and I starting wanting to be her. She changed what I thought was possible for a woman on TV.”
Rose Marie, costar, The Dick Van Dyke Show: “We had some remarkable and unforgettable experiences together on The Dick Van Dyke Show. We were able to grow closer over the years and eventually became dear friends. We kept in touch until the very end. I shall miss her, very much.”
Lena Dunham, creator & star, Girls: “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. 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.”
Michael Learned, actress, The Waltons “We were neighbors in the San Remo for 10 years in New York. She was my lunch buddy and I loved her. My condolences to Robert.”
Leslie Mooves, Chairman and CEO of CBS Corp.
“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.”
Norman Lear, legendary TV series creator:
“Mary Tyler Moore was a glorious actress and great comedienne. She will be missed.”
Michael Keaton, co-star of Moore’s 1978 variety series Mary:
“Mary Tyler Moore could light up a room! She is an icon and a friend. She was my cast mate and my boss. She was incredibly funny and completely generous. As an actor and comedian, she allowed me and everyone to perform – letting us just do our thing without any competitiveness. She was not only a pioneer in TV, comedy and business, but she was a role model for women in general. She built an empire with MTM Enterprises and she paved the way for our new talents like Amy, Tina and others. She is truly going to be missed.”
Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA:
“Mary was a television legend, but more than that, in her most iconic role she was both an agent of change as well as a reflection of our changing society. At a time when independence for women was not the social norm, both the fictional Mary and the real-life Mary set an example, showing that women could take control of their lives and their careers. She will be dearly missed.”
Dan Mathews, SVP Of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):
“Mary will be missed not only for her comedic talent but also for her advocacy for animals. Mary was the first star to donate her furs for PETA to use in protests and famously helped us release a 65-year-old lobster from a restaurant tank back into the ocean. She promoted animal adoption, hosted PETA’s video exposé of the abuse of horses for the drug Premarin and believed that future generations would be shocked by the thought of eating meat.”
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