Mary Tyler Moore Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Mary Tyler Moore

Birthday :

December 29, 1936

Died On :

January 25, 2017

Also Known For :

TV Actress

Birth Place :

New York City, New York, United states of America

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Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29; 1936. She was a well-known actress because of her role in the sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Tyler began her career in commercials and featured in films and series. She has won some very coveted awards in her career. Tyler also showed interest in theatres and dance where she expounded on her talent. Tyler died on January 25, 2017, at the age of 80.

Childhood And Early Life

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York.  They lived in Flushing, Queens and she was the eldest amongst her two siblings, John and Elizabeth.  Elizabeth died at age 21 due to an overdose and John died due to kidney cancer at age 47.  Her father, George Tyler Moore was a clerk and her mother, Marjorie Hackett.  Her paternal grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, owned the house, which they lived in exactly in Ocean Parkway. The house is nowadays known as Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters Museum located in Virginia.  When she turned eight years old, Moore and her family moved to Los Angeles after her uncle suggested to her parents.  



Moore attended a Catholic school, St. Rose of Lima Parochial School in Brooklyn.  After her third grade, she later joined Saint Ambrose School in Los Angeles.  While in Los Feliz, she attended California Immaculate Heart High School.



At the age of 17, Moore decided to do dancing.  She later appeared in 39 Hotpoint appliances commercials in five days as a tiny dancing elf. She became pregnant and could not conceal it thus her contract was ended with Hotpoint.  She anonymously modeled in record albums and auditioned in Danny Thomas Television Show as his daughter but was turned down because her nose was smaller. Her first regular television role was in Richard Diamond, Private Detective where she appeared as a receptionist but only her legs were shown on camera.  Her guest appearances were in John Cassavetes's NBC detective series and Bachelor Father.  Her series features included the 1960 William Bendix-Doug McClure NBC western series, The Tab Hunter Show, and Overland Trail.  In1961, it was her turning point when she appeared in many big television and movie scenes like Bourbon Street Beat, Hawaiian Eye, and Steve Canyon.


Major Works

From the year 1961 to 1966, Moore hosted The Dick Van Dyke Show.  In 1970 to 1977, CBS started The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which was a sitcom she was the main character.  She also wrote two memoirs that is the 1995 After All, and the 2009 Growing up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes.


Rise To Stardom

In 1961, she made her film debut in an aviation drama  X-15.


Later Life

In 1978, she was in the CBS, How to Survive the '70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness. Moore, later on, tried to unsuccessfully star in musical-variety genre in CBS variety series in a row, Mary and The Mary Tyler Moore Hour.  in 1988, Mary featured in Annie McGuire, which was short lived.  In 1995 she showed dissatisfaction with New York News, which she starred in and it was canceled.

Diseases Disabilities

Moore lived with type 1 diabetes over her years. She had a miscarriage, which made her be diagnosed of it in 1969. In 2011, she had a surgical removal of meningioma a sort of brain tumor. In 2014, it was reported that she had kidney failures. She also had pneumonia, which had led to her death.

Awards And Achievements

In 1969, Moore and Grant Tinker, her husband founded MTM Enterprises, Inc which produced several television shows and films and had a record label, MTM Records. Moore received seven Emmy awards and in 1980, she received a special l Tony Award in 1980 and 1985. She has also received many major nominations including Academy Award and Tony Award. In 1986, Moore was put in Television Hall of Fame while in 1987 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the best Comedy from the American Comedy Award.

In 1992 she was recognized in the star of Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2002 a statue, by sculptor Gwendolyn Gillen, was erected in her presence as a recognition by when cable network TV Land and the City of Minneapolis. In 2011, she was awarded the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award and in 2012, she and Bernadette Peters were honored with Ride of FameThis was not the end when they were both dedicated a double-decker in conjunction with their co-founded charity.

Philanthropic Works / Humanitarian Work

Moore was the International Chairman of JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) as she raised fund for diabetes mellitus type 1. As an animal activist, she supported charities like the ASPCA and Farm Sanctuary.  In 1995, Moore donated funds for the use of building a centre for Civil Studies in Shepherd University in memory of her father who was a civil war enthusiast. She also engaged in positive politics during Jimmy Carter and McCain’s presidential bids.

Personal Life And Legacy

In 1955 Moore married, Richard Carleton Meeker and were blessed with a son Richard Jr after a year that later died in 1980 due to an accidental headshot from a shotgun.  They divorced in 1961. In 1962, Moore was married to Grant Tinker who was a CBS executive who went to NBC and became the chairman.  In 1983, Moore married Robert Levin.

Moore died in on January 25, 2017, at Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut.

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