Mary Tyler Moore was one of the most beloved and acclaimed actresses in television history. Best known for her roles in the iconic comedy series The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she won seven Emmy Awards over the course of her career.
On The Dick Van Dyke Show, which aired from 1961 to 1966, she played Laura Petrie, wife of TV writer Rob Petrie, played by Van Dyke. The Mary Tyler Moore Show, regarded by many as as one of the best television comedies of all time, aired from 1970 to 1977. Moore starred as Mary Richards, a Minneapolis news producer, in a cast that also included Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White and Cloris Leachman. The program was noteworthy at the time for centering on a single, independent career woman.
Moore went on to star in two short-lived variety series, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour, as well as the scripted comedies Mary and Annie McGuire.
In addition, she made guest appearances in numerous series, and had roles in such telefilms as Finnegan Begin Again, Heartsounds and Stolen Babies, and the miniseries Lincoln.
She also appeared in many features films, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Don’t Stand There, What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?, Change of Habit, Just Between Friends, Flirting with Disaster and Ordinary People, in which, playing against type as an emotionally remote mother devastated by the death of her son, she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar.
Mary Tyler Moore was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986.