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Mary Tyler Moore's life in photos

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January 26, 2017
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Mary Tyler Moore, the iconic actress and feminist, died at the age of 80 on Jan. 25. Over the course of her career, she won a number of awards and formed lifelong friendships with several of her co-stars.

Best known for her role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the star is being remembered by Hollywood as the woman who could "light up the world with her smile."

Here is a brief glimpse back at her life.

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Mary Tyler Moore was not only a beloved actress, she was a feminist icon for many. Her character on The Mary Tyler Moore Show proved that a professional single woman could be happy and single in the '70s.


Mary Tyler Moore took home several Golden Globes over the course of her career, including one for her role on the The Dick van Dyke Show and another for her starring role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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Here, Mary poses with her son, Richard, in 1968. Tragically, he passed away in 1980 of an accidental shooting at the age of 24.

The mother and son duo had their fair share of ups and downs, but Richard was always the most important person in Mary's life. In her 1995 mémoire After All, the actress opened up about the heartache she faced following her son's death, espeically when it came time to scatter his ashes into the Owen River.

"The water was clear and high as I knelt over it," she wrote. "I opened the container and emptied it out into the rushing water. What was meant to be a prayer became an outraged demand. 'You take care of him,' I screamed at the sky."

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In this throwback photo, Mary poses alongside her The Dick van Dyke Show co-stars after they accepted an Emmy for their work on the hit program.

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A sartorial star, Mary posed alongside Ed Asner in a bold paisley frock at the Radio and Television Society Awards.

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Betty White and Mary had a close relationship over the years. Their friendship started on The Mary Tyler Moore Show when Betty was cast as Sue Ann Nivens. Here, the two are seen laughing on set.

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The iconic actress received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.

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Many believe Mary was responsible for putting Minneapolis, MN on the map -- largely because her show was set in the city. To thank Mary her contributions to the city, a statue was erected in her honour in 2002.

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In 1980, Mary starred alongside Canadian actor Donald Sutherland in the drama Ordinary People. Shortly after landing the part she told Rolling Stone: "It was nerve-racking, but the exhilaration, when I found out I got it – I didn't think I would experience it again in my life, that feeling that seems to be unique to 20-year-olds. I identify it with when I used to go and interview for a part and come away four feet off the ground when I got it. It had been so long since I felt that sort of triumph."

In 1981, she received a Best Actress nomination for her brilliant performance.

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Mary kept acting well into her seventies. Here she poses alongside her good friend and former co-star Betty White on the set of Hot in Cleveland in 2010.

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Mary was an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Here, in 2009, she can be seen urging the U.S. Senate to fund more research into Type 1 Diabetes.

The star was diagnosed with the disease in her 30s.

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