Actress Mary Tyler Moore is dead at age 80, publicist says

Actress Mary Tyler Moore waits to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2009, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Type 1 Diabetes Research. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NEW YORK (AP) – Mary Tyler Moore, the star of two of TV’s best-loved sitcoms, has died.

Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, says Moore died with her husband and friends nearby. She was 80.

Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

She won seven Emmy awards over the years. She also was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in “Ordinary People.”

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