I'm still trying to figure out how to form my own messy thoughts into a proper tribute but for now here are some pieces of the extraordinary legacy she's left behind. 💔
  1. FILM AND TELEVISION:
  2. was Happy Hotpoint, a tiny elf who danced in the Hotpoint Appliance commercials that aired during "Ozzie and Harriet"
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    For five days and 39 commercials worth of work, she made nearly $6,000 but was later let go by the company when her pregnancy became too hard to conceal.
  3. was the mysterious telephone receptionist on "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", a role which only utilized her voice and legs
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    She also modeled for album covers around this time
  4. made guest appearances on shows like "Johnny Staccato", "Bachelor Father", "Overland Trail", "The Tab Hunter Show", "Wanted: Dead or Alive", "Hawaiian Eye", and "Lock Up"
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  5. played Laura Petrie in "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-1966)
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    She had previously auditioned for the role of Danny Thomas's eldest daughter on "Make Room For Daddy" but failed to get it because- as Thomas would explain later- "nobody would believe she was my daughter with that little nose". Still, she made enough of an impression for him to remember and suggest her for his friend Carl Reiner's new show.
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    The only problem was that Dick Van Dyke (correctly) thought she was more than a decade younger than him so she lied about her age, telling everyone that she was four years older than she actually was. This would later inspire the third episode of the third season, "Laura's Little Lie".
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    Reiner was so impressed with her talent and comedic ability that he moved the episode "My Blonde-Haired Brunette" to be the second episode ever aired in order to showcase her talent.
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    For her role of Laura, she twice won the Emmy Award for Lead Actress in a Comedic Role, first in 1963 and again in 1966.
  9. Was Miss Dorothy Brown in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
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  10. Played Liz in What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
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  11. Played Martine Randall in Don't Just Stand There! (1968)
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  12. Was Sister Michelle in Change of Habit (1969)
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    Aside from the fact that it featured her future co-star Ed Asner, it would also turn out to be Elvis's final film role.
  13. Founded MTM Enterprises with her second husband, Grant Tinker in 1969
    The company would produce shows like "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Rhoda", "Phyllis", The Bob Newhart Show", "St. Elsewhere", and "Hill Street Blues" before being sold to Television South in the 1980s.
  14. appeared in "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman" (1970)
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  15. Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-1977)
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    The show would win 29 Emmys, become a touchstone of the Women's Movement, help inspire the office relationships of 30 Rock, and be named as one of Time magazine's "17 Shows That Changed the World".
  16. starred in "Mary's Incredible Dream" for CBS (1976)
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  17. also starred in "How to Survive the '70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness" for CBS (1978)
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    The supporting cast included Harvey Korman, John Ritter, Dick Van Dyke, and Bill Bixby.
  19. starred as Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980)
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    The role would bring her her one Academy Award Nomination.
  20. starred in the short-lived variety series "Mary" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" (1985-1986)
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    The supporting cast of "Mary" featured David Letterman, Swoosie Kurtz, and Michael Keaton
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  22. Starred as Holly Davis in Just Between Friends (1986)
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  23. Won an Emmy Award in 1993 for her role in the television movie, Stolen Babies
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  24. Starred as Pearl Coplin in Flirting With Disaster (1996)
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  25. made two guest appearances as herself on "Ellen" (1994-1998)
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    She would also make an appearance on "The Ellen Show" (2001).
  26. Made three appearances as Christine St. George on "That '70s Show"
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    "That '70s Show" was filmed at the same studio as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  27. Made two guest appearances on "Hot in Cleveland"
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    Her first appearance reunited her with Betty White for the first time since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" ended in 1977 while her second appearance reunited them with Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engels.
  28. THEATER:
  29. starred as Holly Golightly in a musical adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's called "Holly Golightly" (1966)
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    Sadly, it closed during previews.
  30. Starred with James Naughton in "Whose Life is It Anyway?" on Broadway (1980)
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  31. Starred in "Sweet Sue" at the Music Box Theatre (1987)
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  32. Starred in preview performances of Neil Simon's "Rose's Dilemma" but left the production after receiving a scathing letter from Simon. (2003)
  33. Produced the plays "Noises Off", "The Octette Bridge Club", "Joe Egg", "Benefactors", and "Safe Sex"
  34. MEMOIRS:
  35. After All (1995)
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  36. Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes
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  37. HUMANITARIAN:
  38. was the International Chairman of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund)
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    In honor of her work, JDRF created the Forever Moore research initiative which helps funds JDRF's Academic Research and Development and their Clinical Development Program.
  39. Worked with Farm Sanctuary to help bring awareness about the process used in factor farming and to advocate for compassionate treatment of animals.
    Moore, by the way, was a longtime vegetarian.
  40. Co-founded Broadway Barks with friend Bernadette Peters in an effort to promote pet adoption and help turn NYC shelters into no-kill establishments.
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  41. Donated funds to helped Shepard University acquire a historic structure in 1995.
    The structure- which is now known as the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and is housed in the historic Conrad Schindler House- was owned by her great-great-great-grandfather from 1815-1852.
  42. She also donated funds to the restoration of the house General Stonewall Jackson used as his headquarters in 1861-1862.
    Use of the house had been offered by her great-grandfather Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore.
  43. AWARDS:
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    Over the course of her career, she won seven Emmy Awards, received two Tony Awards, was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame (1986), received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Comedy Awards (1987), was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1992), and received the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actor's Guild in 2011.
  44. Not to mention that she and her famous character Mary Richards were immortalized with a statue in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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    "Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave."