Mary Tyler Moore's greatest TV and movie moments

And for that I'll always be thankful.

"She had moved to upstate NY and was already beginning to succumb to the diabetes, so outside of talking to her and her husband Robert, I didn't see her unless it was an occasion like the SAG Awards".

"It was at the right time", he said. TV Guide picked it as the third best television episode of all time. But I thought, can this girl do comedy? They're not about real people. But her own words throughout the years show that she undoubtedly believed women and men should have the same opportunities and freedoms in life - which is, of course, the very definition of feminism.

Moore, who cut her teeth on the Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936.

She also gained recognition in movies, with a powerful, against-type performance as an overbearing matriarch in #RobertRedford's Oscar-winning Ordinary People, which netted her an Oscar nomination in 1981.

"I loved her. She was a princess".

Moore endured personal tragedy in her private life. "I tended to communicate with her mostly by phone for a few years". Her sister Elizabeth died at age 21 of a drug overdose in 1978 and her brother John died of cancer at age 47 in 1992.

"It's wonderful, but it makes me sad too", Moore told ET. "A culmination. Outside of her family, I don't think there was anyone more proud of her than I was".

Now, almost 50 years after Mary made her mark, men and women everywhere are tipping their hats to the woman who was famous for tossing hers. "I wasn't a comedian", Moore said. "But it was probably Diet Coke and sugarless cookies".

Moore also admitted that she battled alcoholism. Heider said she then turned around and checked back into the Betty Ford Center.

For many, it was "The Dick Van Dyke Show" they'll remember. Moore played an independent, unmarried career woman as the central character on the CBS sitcom, with Asner as her news director boss, Mr. Grant. I watched her grow into the incredible talent that she became.

  • Steve Townsend