Mary Tyler Moore, star of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' dies at 80

The actress was also famous for her role in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

"Today, 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, Dr. S. Robert Levine," her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, told ABC News. "A groundbreaking actress, producer and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."

Moore earned six Emmy Awards, four of them for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." She won her first Emmy for her breakthrough role as Laura Petrie in "The Dick Van Dyke Show, and in 1993 she won her sixth for the television movie "Stolen Babies."

Moore was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Dec. 29, 1936, the oldest of three children. When she was 8, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Moore was raised Catholic. At 17, she decided to pursue dance and got her first job, as Happy Hotpoint, a tiny dancing elf in TV spots for Hotpoint appliances. The job ended when she became pregnant with her only child, Richard Meeker Jr., with her first husband, Richard Carleton Meeker.

After her divorce from Tinker, Moore married Dr. Robert Levine in in 1983. Richard Meeker Jr. died in 1980 at age 24 of an accidental gunshot to the head while handling a sawed-off shotgun. The model was later taken off the market.

Moore is survived by Levine.

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