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Mary Tyler Moore Gets SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

The actress and producer will receive the honor at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Jan. 29

Mary Tyler Moore, the actress who famously can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile, will be honored with the Screen Actors Guilda's Life Achievement Award during the union's awards-show event Jan. 29, 2012, SAG announced Thursday.

According to the union, Moore "created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for 30 years has served as a tireless advocate giving hpe to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes."

Ken Howard, SAG's president, said in a written statement, "Mary Tyler Moore won our hearts as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, our respect as her production company beame synonymous with quality television, our awe as she tackled difficult subject matter in film and on Broadway and our admiration (as) she turned her public recognition into a catalyst to draw attention to critical and deeply personal health and social issues."

Moore's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered Sept. 19, 1970 and ran for seven years. Her production company, MTM, also produced "The Bob Newhart Show," "Newhart," "WKRP in Cincinatti," "Hill Street Blues," "St. Elsewhere" and other successful series.

Moore has seven Emmys and a Tony.