We’re not yet into February and 2017 is already shaping up to be another bad year for beloved celebrities succumbing to sudden death. As of Wednesday we can add Mary Tyler Moore — famously of The Mary Tyler Moore Show — to that list.
The 80-year-old was reportedly in bad condition at the hospital in Connecticut this week, with close friends and loved ones stopping by to say their final goodbyes. Turns out it wasn’t just rumours, and the star’s condition (she has suffered from Type 1 diabetes since she was 33 years old) did indeed take a turn for the worse.
Over the course of her career Moore was a groundbreaking figure, serving as a producer and leading lady in a TV age when not too many women had influential positions behind-the-scenes. She also happened to star in plenty of iconic series, including The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Who doesn’t remember the actress throwing her hat up in the middle of the street while the lyrics “You’re gonna make it after all” rang out in the background?
“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,” Moore’s rep confirmed in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
Just this past summer, Moore and her former colleagues were honoured at the 32nd Television Critics Association Awards when The Mary Tyler Moore Show won the Heritage Award. Moore was unable to attend, but costar Valerie Harper spoke on her behalf, reading a letter from Moore thanking the critics for the recognition. The series was recognized largely for being one of the first shows to ever feature a never-married, working woman as the central character.
Fittingly, Moore’s last credit was for a guest-starring gig on TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland, a sitcom known for featuring older women coming into their own and embracing life at any age.
One thing’s for sure, Moore certainly left a mark before exiting this world.
— Janis Shaffer (@BraysMimi) January 25, 2017
Hard to think of Mary Tyler Moore in the past tense. Happily, Mary Richards will always be with us.
— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) January 25, 2017
Oh Mary Tyler Moore. You were true inspiration, and power when I didn’t know what that was. Thank you. #RIPMaryTylerMoore
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 25, 2017
I throw my hat up in the air for you, Mary Tyler Moore. Loved her and her spirit. Rest in peace.
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) January 25, 2017
Rest in peace lady, you’ll be missed.