Fast Facts

  • Made her television debut as Happy Hotpoint, a tiny pixie in Hotpoint appliance commercials.
  • First recurring role in a TV series was in 1959 as a switchboard operator in Richard Diamond, Private Detective; only her legs were seen.
  • Cast opposite Richard Chamberlain in a 1966 musical adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. It flopped in previews and never opened.
  • Formed the production company MTM Enterprises with then-husband Grant Tinker in 1969. The company produced several hit series, including The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere.
  • Honored in 1980 with a special Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Whose Life Is It Anyway? as a quadriplegic, a role originally written for a man.
  • Inducted into the Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • Autobiography, After All, was published in 1995.
  • In 2002, TV Land unveiled a statue in her honor which depicts the famous hat-throwing scene from the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in downtown Minneapolis.
  • Appeared alongside her Mary Tyler Moore Show costar Betty White for the first time since 1977 during a guest-starring stint on Hot in Cleveland in 2011.
  • Active in animal-rescue charities and cofounded the annual pet-adoption telethon Broadway Barks with actress Bernadette Peters.
  • Is a diabetic and serves as the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Awards

  • 1980, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Winner
  • 1963, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Actress of the Year- Series: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Actress in a Television Series: Winner
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1976, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer: Winner
  • 1966, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1978, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1977, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1979, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1975, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1980, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1982, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Marjorie Moore — Mother
  • Richard Meeker — Ex-husband
  • Richard Meeker Jr. — Son
  • Robert Levine — Husband
  • Elizabeth Moore — Sister
  • Grant Tinker — Ex-husband
  • John Hackett Moore — Brother
  • George Tyler Moore — Father

Details

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: December 29, 1936, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor

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