Mary Tyler Moore is a world famous actress who is active in diabetes research.
Mary Tyler Moore is one of the top female comediennes of Classic TV. Her subtle and sophisticated form of comedy has created a unique brand of hilarity throughout her career.Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 29, 1937, Moore grew up in Southern California. Before graduating from high school, she danced on stage and in commercials, most notably for Hotpoint appliances. By 1958 she was landing small roles on such TV shows as Bachelor Father and Steve Canyon.
Moore's first regular part was on the series Richard Diamond, Private Detective in 1959. Although she had dialogue on this show, only her legs were seen. After three months, Moore quit the show. More guest spots followed, including appearances on Hawaiian Eye and 77 Sunset Strip.
In 1961 Moore became a star as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role which earned her two Emmy Awards. For a four-year period following the end of that series, Moore endured several show-business disappointments. First she starred in the Broadway show Breakfast at Tiffany's. Then came a supporting part in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Following Millie were three more films: Don't Just Stand There! What's So Bad About Feeling Good? and the Elvis Presley film Change of Habit none of which garnered much positive attention for her.
In 1969, when Moore reunited with Dick Van Dyke for a variety special entitled Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman, CBS renewed its interest in her as a television star and gave her carte blanche to develop any project she desired. The result was The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77), one of the most critically praised television shows in the history of the medium, and one which gave audiences an excellent understanding of Moore's emotional range as an actress. The Mary Tyler Moore Show earned her four more Emmy Awards.
It was Moore's decision to end the highly rated series while it was still at its peak. She later appeared in a one-hour variety show entitled Mary in 1978. The following year brought another variety series, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour. In the 1980s, Moore starred in Mary (1985) and then Annie McGuire (1988), both of which lasted a single season.
In the dramatic arena, Moore scored many triumphs during these same years. She won an Emmy nomination for her moving portrayal of a woman battling breast cancer in the TV movie First, You Cry (1978). The following year, she earned a special Tony Award for her role in the Broadway production of Whose Life Is It Anyway? The very next year, Moore revealed the true power of her dramatic ability in Robert Redford's motion picture Ordinary People. This performance earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award.
In 1993, Moore received her seventh Emmy Award for her role in Lifetime's original production Stolen Babies. Since then, she has completed two films, Keys to Tulsa with James Spader and Eric Stoltz, and Flirting with Disasterwith Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette. Recently she reunited with Valerie Harper in Mary & Rhoda, a made-for-TV movie in which the two old friends, Rhoda divorced and Mary widowed, run into each other after decades apart. Soon after, Mary began work on a dramatic telling of the Sante and Kenneth Kimes story for CBS.
Mary Tyler Moore is the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and has been elected to the board of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She and her husband make their home in Manhattan and in upstate New York, where they keep dogs, horses, and goats.