On Wednesday, Mary Tyler Moore passed away at 80 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Moore’s family said her death was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had caught pneumonia.
Moore was revered for her hugely popular television shows, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s and 70s. Moore is recognized by many as the person who pioneered the “modern career woman” character on TV. Moore’s longtime representative Mara Buxbaum described her as, “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.”
Dick Van Dyke wrote a touching tribute letter to the late Moore, in which he said, “She left an imprint on television comedy.” Dyke wrote of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: “It was a milestone, that show. It kicked off an awful lot of enthusiasm in a lot of women. She got it moving!”
Celebrities including Dick Van Dyke, Miley Cyrus, Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Keaton, Cher and Oprah Winfrey have paid tribute to Moore on Twitter and Instagram. The WANNA has gathered the best celebrity reactions below.
Dick Van Dyke
I loved Mary Tyler Moore on so many levels it was confusing. Such a huge part of our culture and consciousness. Sending love to her family.— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 25, 2017
Mary(MTM) was a gem. She was iconic, my boss, cast mate and a friend and I will miss her— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) January 25, 2017
Am So 💔2Hear About Mary😔— Cher (@cher) January 25, 2017
She Influenced All Women of my generation…DONT HAVE WORDS😥
SHE BROUGHT SO MUCH MORE THAN COMEDY 2 DVD & MTM
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. 🙏🏽— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) January 25, 2017
No words to express what sad news the death of Mary Tyler Moore is. What an amazing pioneering woman in comedy and entertainment. RIP Mary.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 25, 2017
She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore Rest In Peace sweet lady. Thank you for the kindness on "Flirting with Disaster" and always making me laugh.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) January 25, 2017
A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
Ya Know You Wanna!