Mary Tyler Moore, who played the ultimate career girl in her eponymous television show and was Hollywood’s girl next door, died on Wednesday at the age of 80 — and Hollywood is already feeling the loss.
Celebrities have been posting tributes to the TV icon from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show, who passed away at a Connecticut hospital after being on a respirator for more than a week. (Moore had battled diabetes since her 30s and underwent brain surgery in 2011.)
Robert Redford, who worked with Moore on Ordinary People, for which she was nominated for an Oscar, released the following statement: “Mary’s energy, spirit and talent created a new bright spot in the television landscape and she will be very much missed. The courage she displayed in taking on a role, (‘Ordinary People’), darker than anything she had ever done, was brave and enormously powerful.”
Timothy Hutton, who played her son in the 1980 film that won the Academy Award for Best Picture, said in a statement, “I will always be grateful for her kindness and thankful beyond words for knowing her. She will be missed greatly.”
Her on-screen husband in Ordinary People, Donald Sutherland, had this to say: “Mary was and is and now always will be, perfect. She was the perfect actor to work with, the performance she gave was perfect, painfully perfect, and the friendship she offered was perfect. I am in her thrall.”
Gavin MacLeod, who played Moore’s pal Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, also released a statement. “A line from our theme song was ‘Love is all around,’ and that’s what it was for five days a week for seven years straight on the Mary Tyler Moore set,” he wrote. “It was all because of Mary! She was professional; she was extremely creative with a terrific sense of humor and a gifted actress. She set a pace for all of us to follow. It goes with out saying what a wonderful loving and caring person she was to everyone who worked on the show,” he continued. “Mary was America’s sweetheart and she was mine also. I was the luckiest guy in the world just sitting next to her and looking at her beautiful face … and legs!” He concluded, “Today, ‘sadness is all around’ for all of us and I will miss Mary…deeply.”
Here are some other notable tributes to the actress…
There are no words.
She was THE BEST!
We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better.
— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) January 26, 2017
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
— Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) 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
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) January 25, 2017
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
So devastated to hear about Mary Tyler Moore. She really did turn the world on with her smile and yes Lou Grant, her spunk. pic.twitter.com/o1TWn4g0B8
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) 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
So strong, so courageous and so beautiful. Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore. pic.twitter.com/rKIlPiepLw
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 25, 2017
I'm so sad. Oh my gosh. https://t.co/uNq5nXp6nj
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) January 25, 2017
R.I.P #maryTylerMoore "who can take a nothing day and make it all seem worthwhile well it's you girl and u should know it"
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) January 25, 2017
who could turn the world on with her smile.. who could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile" RIP Mary Tyler Moore ????
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) January 25, 2017
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) January 25, 2017
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. ????????
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore.
Love is all around you…
— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) January 25, 2017
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore ????????❤????????
Here's to more strong women like you who continue to trailblaze & make the world laugh! pic.twitter.com/konCHEcoUj
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) 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
I could not do what I do without her. https://t.co/VkP2Cg9jNV
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) January 25, 2017
#MaryTylerMoore was a dear friend and a truly great person. A fighter. Rest in peace, MTM.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 25, 2017
LOVE IS ALL AROUND ???????????????????? RIP MARY
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 25, 2017
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 25, 2017
Oh Mary ????
— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) January 25, 2017
That shift in the Earth you just felt? That crater that is left behind? That is the legacy of the incomparable #marytylermoore RIP 2 an icon
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) January 25, 2017
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 25, 2017
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."#MaryTylerMoore
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) January 25, 2017
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) January 25, 2017
At every stage of the game, Mary Tyler Moore had game.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) January 25, 2017