(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80. Moore was reportedly hospitalized early this morning in grave condition and sadly lost her battle later this afternoon.
Moore’s rep has released a statement in regards to her passing saying “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. 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”
Mary Tyler Moore rose to fame with her role on the 1960’s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” before moving on to star in her own spin-off series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970’s. Moore paved the way for single working women everywhere, as her character on the series was an unmarried working woman who was central focus for the series. She portrayed TV news producer Mary Richards.
The character was inspiring for women everywhere and has been listed countless times as an influence for many strong females who demanded equality with their male counterparts. In a lot of ways she could be viewed as bringing feminism to the airwaves and carrying the torch for women everywhere to follow.
Moore’s character was not an aggressive feminist, however the elements were all there and over the course of the series she was forced to deal with various issues dealing with feminism. After the “Mary Tyler Moore” concluded Moore went on earn an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in the 1980’s film “Ordinary People” and recently appeared in the TVLand series “Hot In Cleveland” with her past “The Mary Tyler Moore” co-star Valerie Harper.
Moore was a strong advocate for animal rights and welfare and published her memoir “Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and Oh, yeah Diabetes” in 2009.
Our sincere condolences go out to Mary Tyler Moore’s family and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.