America lost one of its national treasures today with the passing of the much-beloved television star Mary Tyler Moore. She starred in two enormously popular television shows, playing Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” as well as many other successful movies on the big and small screen.
While she was beloved as a comedic actress, she also found success in dramas.
Critics praised her against-type performance as a chilly mother whose family grapples with the accidental death of a son in Robert Redford’s 1980 film “Ordinary People,” for which Moore was nominated for an Oscar.
She also worked in theater and periodically appeared on TV shows in recent years, including “Hot in Cleveland,” where she was reunited with “Mary Tyler Moore Show” costars Betty White and Valerie Harper.
Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her 30s and had numerous health issues over the years, including complications from that disease and brain surgery to remove a meningioma tumor in 2011.