Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dead at 80

Mary Tyler Moore speaks at the at the National Press Club in 2009. (DENNY HENRY/EPA)
Mary Tyler Moore speaks at the at the National Press Club in 2009. (DENNY HENRY/EPA)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday, her publicist said. 

The iconic actress, 80, has long battled diabetes, and her condition has deteriorated to the point family members are rushing to a hospital to say goodbye, TMZ.com reported.

Once source told the outlet she’s been on a respirator for more than a week.

Moore was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 33, around the start of her beloved run on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a show about an independent young woman working in a Minneapolis TV newsroom.

In the show’s memorable opening credits, Moore is seen tossing her beret in the sky as the theme song plays the lyrics, “You’re gonna make it after all.”

Moore was already famous at the time for her endearing role as suburban housewife Laura Petrie on the popular 60s sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

She said it was hard at first to picture what her new diagnosis meant.

“When the doctor said I had diabetes, I conjured images of languishing on a chaise longue nibbling chocolates,” she told USA Today in 2009. “I have no idea why I thought this.”

She quickly learned about the possible complications and delicate balance she would have to maintain with insulin syringes and blood sugar readings.

Moore’s later career focused on TV specials and film. She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the critically acclaimed 1980 movie “Ordinary People.”

She wrote two memoirs, acknowledged she is a recovering alcoholic, became an international spokeswoman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and served as an activist for animal rights.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
Nancy Dillon