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She's known around the world for her portrayal of the headstrong, independent journalist Mary Tyler Moore but the actress behind the hilarious heroine had quite the resume before her pioneering performance on the landmark 70s TV series.

Mary Tyler Moore to receive lifetime achievement award

Did you know that Moore performed as a dancing elf in commercials that aired during Ozzie and Harriet? And who knew she once played a nun opposite ... Elvis? (It's OK, we didn't either!) Look back at the actress' life and career in photos in honor of her 75th birthday this week.