Most celebrities are known to have a low life expectancy due to their lifestyle, which is not always healthy. The opposite is true of the famous American actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose life spanned from 29 December 1936 to 25 January 2017. Mary lived to the ripe old age of 80 and left her mark on the entertainment industry through the films she starred in and her television series, popularly known as the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Biography of Mary Tyler Moore
The famous actress was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. She was taken into the family as the eldest child of an employee – George Tyler Moore and his wife Marjorie Hackett. Mary’s star sign is Capricorn and she grew up in Brooklyn with her two siblings John and Elizabeth Moore, but when she was eight years old, her family had to move to Los Angeles.
Mary’s educational qualifications were obtained at the St. Rose of Lima Parochial School in Brooklyn, where she rose to the third grade and later attended Saint Ambrose School in Los Angeles to complete her early education. After Saint Ambrose, she went to the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz, California.
Mary’s career began with commercials, but she made her film debut in x-15. In 1961 she came into the limelight with her role in The Dick Van Dyke Show. She proved her talent in domestic comedy in her role as Laura Petrie, which earned her an Emmy for her role in the show. She deviated from television series to shoot a few movies like Change of Habit and Thoroughly Modern Millie, but later she returned to television to continue with the Mary Tyler Moore Show, which proved to be even more captivating and where the audience loved the character she portrayed. Mary created the show alongside her second husband Grant Tinker through their company MTM Ent. Her success in some of her acting efforts earned her a Tony Award for her performance of Whose Life Is It Anyway? on Broadway. In the same year, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Ordinary People.
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Family: Husband, Son
The famous actress was born as the mother of George Tyler Moore and Marjorie Hackett. She was the oldest child of the Moore family and grew up together with her younger siblings – John (brother) and Elizabeth (sister). The Moore family is a devoted Catholic family and used to live on Ocean Parkway in the Flatbush district of Brooklyn.
The house they lived in belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, Mary’s paternal grandfather. Their house in Brooklyn has since been converted into Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum in Winchester, Virginia. Mary’s family moved to Los Angeles at the age of eight on the recommendation of her uncle, who was an employee of the MCA. It is important to note that Mary’s sister Elizabeth died at the young age of 21 from a combination of alcohol and painkillers. And her brother John died of kidney cancer when he was 47 years old
Mary was married three times and her last marriage lasted the rest of her life. When the actress was 18 years old in 1955, she married her first husband Richard Carleton Meeker. The fruit of this marriage, a son named Richard Jr., was born in 1956, and the couple divorced in 1961 after nearly six years of marriage. In 1962, just one year after the end of their first marriage, she married Grant Tinker, who was a CBS executive, for the second time. This time the marriage lasted 19 years, but in 1981 the couple finally divorced.
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Their last marriage, which lasted until the end of their lives, was with Robert Levine. The couple married on 23 November 1983, just under two years after the end of Mary’s second marriage. During her lifetime, Mary suffered the tragedy of the death of her only son Richard, who accidentally shot himself while handling a sawn-off shotgun at the age of 24.
Mary Tyler Moore’s Death and Cause of Death
At the beginning of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was also predisposed to alcoholism, which she noted in her first memoirs, but the immediate cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia on January 25, 2017, at the ripe old age of 80.
After she was diagnosed with diabetes, she turned to the American Diabetes Association, where she spent much of her time. The foundation known as JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) made her its international chairperson and used her profile to raise funds and raise awareness of diabetes mellitus type 1. Forever Moore was established in 2007 by the JDRF as a research initiative to support academic research and development of diabetes mellitus type 1 diabetes.