Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at age 80

NEW YORK (AP) – Mary Tyler Moore, the star of two of TV’s best-loved sitcoms, has died. Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, says Moore died with her husband and friends nearby. She was 80.

Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

In the 1970s, she created one of TV’s first career-woman sitcom heroines in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She starred as Mary Richards, a Minneapolis TV news producer on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — bringing to TV audiences an independent, 1970s career woman. The series ran seven seasons and won 29 Emmys.

Her groundbreaking TV show helped revolutionize the way women are portrayed on the small screen.

She won seven Emmy awards over the years. She also was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in “Ordinary People.”

Stars remember Mary Tyler Moore for her groundbreaking show.

Carl Reiner — creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” — remembers Moore as “an impressive person and a talented person and a beautiful person. A force of nature.” He says, “She’ll last forever, as long as there’s television.”

Ellen DeGeneres tweets that Mary Tyler Moore “changed the world for all women.”