Television great Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died.
"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," said her husband Dr Robert Levine.
"Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile." The vivacious brunette performer transformed the image of women on television first as Van Dyke's sexy, vulnerable wife Laura Petrie and then as single career girl Mary Richards in her own series.
Her work in the two series brought Moore five Emmy Awards, in 1965, 1966, 1973, 1974 and 1976.
She won another Emmy for 1993 TV special Stolen Babies. Moore was also a powerhouse producer via her MTM production company with then-husband Grant Tinker, producing her own series as well as The Bob Newhart Show and spinoff series Rhoda and Lou Grant, among others.
She combined wholesomeness and sex appeal with cracker-jack comedic timing.
In many ways Moore was a throwback to Hollywood golden era leading ladies like Myrna Loy and Jean Arthur, but with a decidedly updated twist.
Her role as Laura Petrie, the suburban wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie, also represented a step forward for the portrayal of women on television.