Mary Tyler Moore, a television icon whose roles helped define womanhood in the 1960s and '70s, has died at the age of 80.
"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 Mara Buxbaum said in a statement issued to TMZ.
"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."
Moore became widely known thanks to the Dick Van Dyke Show, playing Laura—a dancer turned wife, mother and homemaker—during the show's run from 1961 to 1966. In the '70s, Moore starred in the Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she played a 30-something woman working at a TV station in Minneapolis. The sitcom was groundbreaking for being the first mainstream show to center on a never-married, career-focused single woman.
Moore won five Emmys throughout her career—including three for The Mary Tyler Moore Show— and was nominated for an Oscar in 1981 for her performance in Ordinary People.
Moore was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 33, and battled alcoholism. In more recent years, Moore's diabetes had taken a toll on her eyesight through nerve damage, USA Today reports. Recently, she underwent brain surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Prior to her death, she had reportedly been on a respirator for over a week.
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