Hollywood Mourns Mary Tyler Moore: ‘She Turned the World on With Her Smile’

Ed Asner, George Takei, Rachel Bloom and others remember the iconic TV actress

Last Updated: January 25, 2017 @ 4:06 PM

Hollywood is showing its love for Mary Tyler Moore after the iconic TV comedian died at the age of 80 Wednesday.

“#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family,” said her “Mary Tyler Moore Show” co-star Ed Asner. “Know that I love you and believe in your strength.”

“She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore,” added George Takei, referencing the lyrics to the theme song of her show. “You were a role model in so many ways.”

Following a stint on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Moore stepped into the title role of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which premiered in 1970 and starred Moore as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a news producer in Minneapolis. The series, which ran until 1977, gave birth to multiple spinoffs for the characters Lou Grant (Ed Asner), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) and Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman).

“I could not do what I do without her,” said “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom, echoing many who saw the actress as a feminist trailblazer.

See below for a sampling of how Hollywood is reacting to Moore’s death.

“Mary was a television legend, but more than that, in her most iconic role she was both an agent of change as well as a reflection of our changing society. At a time when independence for women was not the social norm, both the fictional Mary and the real-life Mary set an example, showing that women could take control of their lives and their careers.” — SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris