Dick Van Dyke remembers the moment that changed Mary Tyler Moore's career


Of all the celebrities mourning the loss of Mary Tyler Moore, perhaps no one knew her better than her former co-star Dick Van Dyke. The two first worked together almost six decades ago—when she was cast on his eponymous sitcom, The Dick Van Dyke Show, as his wife, Laura. In a moving tribute, the actor fondly remembered the venerated actress's impeccable comedic timing—and the moment that changed her career forever.

"Outside of her family, I don't think there was anyone more proud of her than I was," Van Dyke told The Hollywood Reporter. "Just to watch her grow was such a thrill for me. She left an imprint on television comedy."

On The Dick Van Dyke Show, Van Dyke said, they had no shortage of performers with "razor-sharp timing." Still, there was something exceptional about Tyler Moore: "She just grabbed onto the character and literally turned us into an improv group, it was so well-oiled. That show was the best five years of my life."

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LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW with cast members Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on the set of episode 'Washington vs. The Bunny'. Image dated July 10, 1961. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
American actor Dick Van Dyke sits on a couch and points at American actor Mary Tyler Moore who is seated across from him in a still from the television series, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' circa 1961. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Mary Tyler Moore in rehearsal for The Dick Van Dyke Show on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore with writer, producer, director and actor Carl Reiner in rehearsal for The Dick Van Dyke Show on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Mary Tyler Moore in rehearsal for The Dick Van Dyke Show on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Mary Tyler Moore in rehearsal for The Dick Van Dyke Show on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Mary Tyler Moore in rehearsal for The Dick Van Dyke Show on December 2, 1963 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Theisen/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: Mary Tyler Moore, Larry Matthews, Dick Van Dyke and for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Image dated October 10, 1962. Hollywood, CA. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
16TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Winners of Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Comedy for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' (l-r) actor Richard Deacon, actor/writer Carl Reiner, actor Dick Van Dyke, actress Mary Tyler Moore, director Jerry Paris at the 16th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on May 25, 1964 (Photo by Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 22: Mary Tyler Moore, in an outdoor photo session. She appears in The Dick Van Dyke Show as Laura Petrie. Image dated January 22, 1964. Los Angeles, California. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Gene Barry and Mary Tyler Moore are among the winners of Golden Globe Awards in the television categories at the annual presentation ceremony in Hollywood. The awards - given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - went to them as 'Best Male TV Personality' and 'Best Female TV Personality.' Barry got it for Burke's Law and Miss Moore won it for her role as 'the wife' in The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Dick Van Dyke, US actor, and Mary Tyler Moore, US actress, in a wedding dress, with a piece of icing from a wedding cake on her finger, in a publicity portrait issued for the US television special, 'Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman', USA, 1969. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Tops in television's comedy series are Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, both from the cast of the Dick Van Dyke Show. Expressing their joy during the Emmy presentations May 22, it is the 2nd Emmy for Miss Moore and the 3rd for Van Dyke and each won this time for an Outstanding Continued Performance. Their show which goes off the air this season, has won 16 Emmy's in 5 years.
UNITED STATES - MARCH 08: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and actor Dick Van Dyke during the 37th annual anniversary banquet of the International Radio and Television Society at the Americana. (Photo by Bill Stahl Jr./NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 30: THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, episode 'The Ghost of A. Chantz' broadcast on CBS September 30, 1964. From left: Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell, Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, and Rose Marie as Sally Rogers. Image dated August 11, 1964. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
379726 08: Actress Mary Tyler Moore actor Dick Van Dyke pose for photographers at the 45th Thalians Annual Ball honoring Moore for her contributions to the world of entertainment and philanthropic efforts October 7, 2000 in Century City, CA. (Photo by Steve Grayson/Newsmakers)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 28: Actor Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore attend Second Annual American Comedy Awards on August 28, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY Â CIRCA 1980s: Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore circa 1980s in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
379941 10: Actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore attend the '45th Thalians Annual Ball' honoring Mary Tyler Moore for her contributions to the world of entertainment and philanthropic efforts October 7, 2000 in Century City, CA. (Photo by David Keeler/Online USA)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 2: Actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore accept the Legend Award for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' during the TV Land Awards 2003 at the Hollywood Palladium on March 2, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
American actors Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, who reprise their roles as Laura and Rob Petrie, dance together on the set of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,' Los Angeles, California, March 11, 2004. (Photo by Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke during The TV Land Awards -- Arrivals at Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2479 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Mary Tyler Moore during an interview with host Jay Leno on April 30, 2003 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American actors Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore reprise their roles as Rob and Laura Petrie in a scene from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited,' Los Angeles, California, March 11, 2004. (Photo by Tony Esparza/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke of 'The Gin Game' at the PBS 2003 Winter TCA Tour held at the Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, Ca on January 9, 2003. Photo by Barbara Binstein/ImageDirect.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and actor Dick Van Dyke attends a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 16, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Mary Tyler Moore (L) and Dick Van Dyke attend The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage) 22005_008_LC_0382.JPG
Actor Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore attend Second Annual American Comedy Awards on August 28, 1994 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Dick Van Dyke (L) presents the Life Achievement Award to actress Mary Tyler Moore onstage during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Van Dyke and his co-star won their first Emmys in the same year: 1964. In 1966, Van Dyke recalls that the TV Academy had added a comedy category—"and that year we all won. My God, we were excited. We had also been canceled!"

It was after the show had been cancelled, however, that Tyler Moore got an even bigger break.

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"The funny thing was, after the show went off the air, Mary had the reputation of being the wife, the woman who brings the coffee," Van Dyke continued. "So we cooked up this special called Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, where we showed off everything she could do, and that somehow changed CBS's mind and that's how she got The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It fell into the hands of great writers. It was a milestone, that show. It kicked off an awful lot of enthusiasm in a lot of women. She got it moving!

"Thank God she ended up with Carl Reiner and those writers, who just understood her and what she did," he continued. "The episode when Chuckles the Clown died? She was at the funeral and she was crying and suddenly, as she recalled him, she began to laugh. It was a performance that had me on the floor! It was just masterful comedy."

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(Original Caption) Still from The Mary Tyler Moore Show showing Moore standing, smiling, inside of the WJM newsroom. Moore is shown from the waist-up, holding a cup of coffee.
(Original Caption) Close-up of Mary Tyler Moore.
(Original Caption) Tops in television's comedy series are Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, both from the cast of the Dick Van Dyke Show. Expressing their joy during the Emmy presentations May 22, it is the 2nd Emmy for Miss Moore and the 3rd for Van Dyke and each won this time for an Outstanding Continued Performance. Their show which goes off the air this season, has won 16 Emmy's in 5 years.
(Original Caption) Anybody familiar with Mary's type of mugging will recognize this face.
(Original Caption) A happy group of Emmy owners get together following the 18th Annual Emmy Award Presentations here - and they all belong to the Dick Van Dyke Show, a TV comedy series. Left to right: Bill Persky, Writing Achievement; Carl Reiner, Producer; Mary Tyler Moore, Continued Performance by an Actress; Dick Van Dyke, continued performance by an actor and Sam Denoff, Writing Achievement. It is the 3rd Emmy for Dick Van Dyke on the show and the 2nd for Miss Moore and the 16th Emmy for the show in five years.
(Original Caption) Although Mary claims she's working harder than she ever has, you'd never know it from looking at her.
Actress Mary Tyler Moore poses with the cast of her new television series titled Mary. Clockwise from bottom: Moore, James Hampton, Judith Kahan, David Letterman, Michael Keaton, Dick Shawn, and Swoosie Kurtz.
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 21: Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke for THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW. Image dated April 21, 1961. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
DANNY THOMAS SPECIAL 1965 -- Pictured: Mary Tyler Moore -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
American actress Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards on the set of the CBS situation comedy 'Mary Tyler Moore,' Studio City, Los Angeles, California, 1973. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
STUDIO CITY, CA - MARCH 15: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Luncheon to Honor Sheldon Leonard on March 15, 1974 at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Cast of the comedy variety television program: Mary. Featuring (clockwise from top left) David Letterman (red and white striped shirt), Judy Kahan, James Hampton, Michael Keaton, Dick Shawn (white hair), Mary Tyler Moore and Swoosie Kurtz (red curled hair). Image dated September 1, 1978. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore during Mary Tyler Moore Sighting at Chasen's Restaurant - September 19, 1979 at Chasen's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and television executive Grant Tinker attend the National Conference of Christians and Jews' 16th Annual Entertainment Industries Humanitarian Award Dinner Honoring Walter Cronkite on September 17, 1979 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Actress Mary Tyler Moore & new husband Robert Levine. (Photo by DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore. (Photo by David Mcgough/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 01: Dr. Robert Levine and wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore on their wedding day. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - AUGUST 21: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 'La Cage aux Folles' Opening Night Performance on August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 6: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and actor Sam Waterston attend the NBC Television Midseason Affiliates Party on January 6, 1988 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 23: Actress Carol Burnett and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend a dinner gala to celebrate the Museum of Broadcasting's upcoming exhibition of 'The Many Worlds of Carol Burnett' on May 23, 1988 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 19: Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend the Opening Night Gala and Reception of the 95th Season of the New York City Ballet Featuring Peter Martins' 'A Musical Offering' on November 19, 1991 at New York State Theater, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Third Annual Wild West Hoedown to Benefit the Literacy Volunteers of New York City on December 3, 1991 at the St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore. (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 10: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 116th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show - Celebrity Viewing Party on February 10, 1992 at Laura Belle's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Levine and Mary Tyler Moore during Museum of TV & Radio Honors David Brinkley and Mary Tyler Moore - February 9, 1995 at Waldorf Astoria in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner during Museum of TV & Radio Honors David Brinkley and Mary Tyler Moore - February 9, 1995 at Waldorf Astoria in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Mary Tyler Moore during Mary Tyler Moore Sighting at Los Angeles International Airport - April 20, 1995 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 16: Actress Mary Tyler Moore autographs copies of her new book 'After All' on October 16, 1996 at Borders in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - NOVEMBER 12: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend 'The English Patient' New York City Premiere on Novmeber 12, 1996 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
285834 04: Actress Mary Tyler Moore stands at the premiere of the musical 'Chicago' November 14, 1996 in New York City. The musical, which was choreographed by Bob Fosse, follows the adventures of a cast of lowlifes during the 1920s. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
NEW YORK CITY - MAY 13: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Honors Edgar Bronfman, Jr. on May 13, 1997 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actress and commedienne Mary Tyler Moore, dressed in a black evening gown with one transparent sleeve, poses at the Tony Awards, New York, New York, June 1, 1997. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore during 5th Annual Michael Awards for the Fashion Industry at NY Hilton Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 27: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and guest attend the Screening of ABC Television and 'The Wonderful World of Disney' Present 'Cinderella' on October 27, 1997 at Sony Theatres Lincoln Square in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 19: Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine depart for New York City on October 19, 1997 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Mary Tyler Moore arrives for the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
397133 04: (ITALY OUT) (L-R) Anchorman Chuck Scarborough, Actress Mary Tyler Moore with eight-week-old Boston Terrier ''Pumpkin'', Actress Phoebe Cates and Actor Kevin Kline attend the 29th Annual Promise Ball, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Benefit November 10, 2001 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
397203 02: Newswoman Katie Couric and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine's annual 'Hall of Fame' gala November 12, 2001 at the New York Marriott Marquis. (Photo by George De Sota/Getty Images)
Rosie O'Donnell & Mary Tyler Moore during Rosie O'Donnell's For All Kids Foundation 4th Annual White Rose Awards Gala honoring FDNY & NYPD at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 19: Fidel, a Good Will Foundation dog, nuzzles Mary Tyler Moore at the Pierre Hotel on 61st St., where Moore was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the ASPCA for her work with animals. (Photo by Robert Rosamilio/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore with husband Dr. Robert Levine arriving at 'A Work In Progress: An Evening With David O. Russell' hosted by the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film and Media, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. April 10, 2002. Photo: Eva
Spirit Award Honoree Mary Tyler Moore during Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World - Show - Lifetimes Achievement Awards Taped May 8 Will Air On Thursaday May 8th at 10PM (ET/PT) On Lifetime Television at Manhattan Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
WASHINGTON - JUNE 24: Actress Mary Tyler Moore, International Chairperson of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, smiles as she testifies during a hearing before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee June 24, 2003 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on controlling the cost of federal health programs by curing diabetes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters during Broadway Barks 5 in Shubert Alley at Shubert Alley in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 2: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actress Mary Tyler Moore arrives at the 'CBS At 75' celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom November 2, 2003 in New York City. This special event commemorates CBS Network's 75th anniversary. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JULY 8: Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore attend 'Broadway Barks 8!' A Star Studded Dog and Cat Adopt-a-Thon Hosted by Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters at Shubert Alley on July 8, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actresses Mary Tyler Moore (L) and Cloris Leachman arrive at the celebration for Cloris Leachman's 60 years in show business at Fogo De Chao restaurant on October 5th, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 18: Actress and current International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Mary Tyler Moore meets with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) in his office in the Capitol July 18, 2006 in Washington, DC. Moore payed a visit to Frist in the run up to votes the U.S. Congress will make on stem cell research. The Senate is debating the Santorum-Brownback Fetus Farming Prohibition Act, the Santorum-Specter Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act and the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act and is expected to vote on all three today. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Actress Mary Tyler Moore visits the 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on March 24, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters attends the 11th Annual Broadway Barks in Shubert Alley on July 11, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
(L-R) Betty White, Gavin McLeod, Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner attend Museum of Television and Radio Gala Honoring David Brinkley and Mary Tyler Moore on February 9, 1995 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore and actor Ed Asner attend 45th Annual Thalians Ball on October 7, 2000 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore leaves for New York City on March 28, 1997 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and boyfriend Dr. Robert Levine depart for New York City on January 30, 1983 at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 'Private Lives' Opening Night Performance on May 8, 1983 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and boyfriend Dr. Robert Levine attend the 'Star 80' Premiere Party on November 9, 1983 at the Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 'La Cage aux Folles' Opening Night Performance on August 21, 1983 at the Palace Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Veronica Hamel and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend the 11th Annual Fundraiser Brunch for The Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica Hospital Medical Center on September 29, 1985 at a private estate in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend the Third Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 23, 1986 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York's 50th Anniversary Celebration on January 24, 1990 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Second Annual Wild West Hoedown to Benefit the Literacy Volunteers of New York City on November 26, 1990 at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore visits actor David Carroll backstage at the 'Grand Hotel' Broadway Musical on January 4, 1990 at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the ABC Fall TCA Press Tour on July 18, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the ABC Fall TCA Press Tour on July 18, 1990 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Los Angeles Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Presents the First Annual Promise Ball on October 4, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Valerie Harper and actress Mary Tyler Moore attend the Los Angeles Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Presents the First Annual Promise Ball on October 4, 1991 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Seventh Annual Hill's Science Diet Winner's Circle Awards on February 5, 1993 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the ASPCA's (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) First Annual 'Auction for the Animals' Benefit on March 30, 1993 at Sotheby's in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend the Seventh Annual Hill's Science Diet Winner's Circle Awards on February 5, 1993 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Gilda's Club Grand Opening Celebration on October 17, 1993 at Gilda's Club, 195 W. Houston Street in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 'On Board for amfAR' Gala to Honor Angela Lansbury on May 3, 1995 aboard Crystal Symphony, Ship Terminal, Pierr 88 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 17th Annual National CableACE Awards on December 2, 1995 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore autographs copies of her new book 'After All' on October 31, 1995 at B. Dalton Bookseller in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend the 17th Annual National CableACE Awards on December 2, 1995 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the 13th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 1, 1997 at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and husband Dr. Robert Levine attend the Hollywood Women's Press Club's 57th Annual Golden Apple Awards on December 14, 1997 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the New York Chapter Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Presents the 26th Annual Promise Ball on November 14, 1998 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore on July 22, 1998 walks on Madison Avenue in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Honors Edgar Bronfman, Jr. on May 13, 1997 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Mary Tyler Moore and television journalist Paula Zahn attend the Fifth Annual Rainforest Alliance Champion Awards Dinner on April 22, 1996 at the Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends NBC's taping of 'Betty White's 90th Birthday: A Tribute to America's Golden Girl' at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on January 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Mary Tyler Moore speaks onstage during The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage) 22005_009_JS_0471.JPG
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Mary Tyler Moore attends The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage) 22005_008_LC_0502.JPG
The British actress, singer and writer Julie Andrews (Julia Elizabeth Wells) and the American actress Mary Tyler Moore talking with the receptionist of a hotel in the film Thoroughly Modern Millie. USA, 1967 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Mary Tyler Moore backstage at Broadway Barks 14 at the Booth Theatre on July 14, 2012 in New York City. Marking its 14th anniversary, Broadway Barks!, founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore helps many of New York City's shelter animals find permanent homes and also inform New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the metropolitan area. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
KATIE - 4/8/13 - A KATIE Exclusive: Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper & Betty White Back Together - Katie Couric visits the set of 'Hot in Cleveland' for an exclusive reunion with the cast members of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' which made TV history. KATIE airs on MONDAY, APRIL 8, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE, MARY TYLER MOORE, VALERIE HARPER, KATIE COURIC
KATIE - 4/8/13 - A KATIE Exclusive: Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper & Betty White Back Together - Katie Couric visits the set of 'Hot in Cleveland' for an exclusive reunion with the cast members of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' which made TV history. KATIE airs on MONDAY, APRIL 8, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) MARY TYLER MOORE
KATIE - 4/8/13 - A KATIE Exclusive: Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper & Betty White Back Together - Katie Couric visits the set of 'Hot in Cleveland' for an exclusive reunion with the cast members of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' which made TV history. KATIE airs on MONDAY, APRIL 8, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BETTY WHITE, MARY TYLER MOORE, VALERIE HARPER
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