Hollywood paid tribute to Mary Tyler Moore on Wednesday, soon after news of her death was announced.
The TV icon, known for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and her own “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” died Wednesday at 80 years old.
Cloris Leachman, who played Phyllis Lindstrom in “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Phyllis,” issues a written statement dedicated to Moore.
“My heart goes out to her husband, Robert — he was never more than a touch away from her,” Leachman wrote. “The picture that we all have of her, that’s how she was — sweet, kind, so tender, so delicate. She was America’s sweetheart. Valerie and I always had to rehearse and rehearse, to work things through but Mary was always ready to go, thoroughly prepared. The last time I saw her was our ‘Hot In Cleveland’ reunion. I had a feeling I wouldn’t see her again. If I could see her one last time I’d hold her in my arms and say, ‘We love you.'”
Ed Asner, who played Moore’s boss in the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” was one of the first share his love for the actress. “My heart goes out to you and your family,” he wrote. “Know that I love you and believe in your strength.”
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.
— Dread Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
In Variety‘s August 2016 cover story with Michelle Obama, the then-first lady said that the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” greatly influenced her growing up.
“She was one of the few single working women depicted on television at the time,” Obama said. “I was probably 10 or 11 when I saw that, and sort of started thinking, ‘You know what? Marriage is an option. Having a family is an option. And going to school and getting your education and building your career is another really viable option that can lead to happiness and fulfillment.'”
Robert Redford, who worked with Moore on “Ordinary People,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar, said in a 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.”
Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” paid tribute to her “co-pilot” on Thursday.
“Last week, to prepare me, I was kindly warned by Mary Tyler Moore’s dear husband, Dr. Robert Levine, that she was in the very last stages of
life,” Harper said in a statement. “But still I cannot stop the emotions I’m experiencing, since she was my acting colleague, my sister/soulmate, and above all, ONE HELL OF A GIRLFRIEND! Working together we knew each other so well we could anticipate each other’s moods, ever ready to engage and KNOW there would be an appropriate response from Mary. I will always feel privileged and honored with the amount of quality time I was able to spend with Mary. I’ll miss you ‘Mair.’ I will always be your co-pilot. I will always love you, darling Mary Tyler Moore.”
Georgia Engel, who portrayed Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” said in a statement, “She was my beloved friend, I loved her very much. She helped launch my career. She will be missed greatly.”
Oprah Winfrey, who was famously brought to tears after Moore surprised her on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on 1997, tweeted a photo from the episode, along with the caption, “Even now looking at this picture I want to cry. I still can’t believe Mary Tyler Moore touched my face. Will love her 4 ever.”
Even now looking at this picture I want to cry. I still can't believe Mary Tyler Moore touched my face. Will love her 4 ever. pic.twitter.com/6u4ELq27vN
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 25, 2017
She later released a statement, writing “Mary Tyler Moore majorly influenced my life and career. I respected and admired her business acumen, her passion, and compassion for all life, and most importantly, the values espoused through her storytelling. I thank her for being a light that shined so brightly, it let me see myself in her.”
Michael Keaton wrote, “Mary was a gem. She was iconic, my boss, cast mate and a friend and I will miss her.”
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
He also released a statement that read: “Mary Tyler Moore could light up a room! She is an icon and a friend. She was my cast mate and my boss. She was incredibly funny and completely generous. As an actor and comedian, she allowed me and everyone to perform — letting us just do our thing without any competitiveness. She was not only a pioneer in TV, comedy, and business, but she was a role model for women in general. She built an empire with MTM Enterprises and she paved the way for our new talents like Amy, Tina, and others. She is truly going to be missed.”
Ellen DeGeneres wrote, “Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.”
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 25, 2017
George Takei referenced Moore’s signature grin in a tweet: “She turned the world on with her smile,” he wrote. “RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.”
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
Viola Davis wrote, “Thanks for the first real image of a woman being independent, funny and vulnerable. Thank you for changing the face of TV.”
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) January 25, 2017
Denis Leary paid tribute by tweeting a quote: “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”
"You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."#MaryTylerMoore
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) January 25, 2017
Josh Gad responded by writing, “That shift in the Earth you just felt? That crater that is left behind? That is the legacy of the incomparable Mary Tyler Moore. RIP 2 an icon.”
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
“Parks and Recreation” star Jim O’Heir posted a photo of himself with Moore. “Damn. This one hurts,” he wrote.
— Jim O'Heir (@JimOHeir) January 25, 2017
“Oh Mary Tyler Moore. You were true inspiration, and power when I didn’t know what that was,” wrote Connie Britton. “Thank you.”
Oh Mary Tyler Moore. You were true inspiration, and power when I didn't know what that was. Thank you. #RIPMaryTylerMoore
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) January 25, 2017
Sandra Bernhard wrote, “Oh no please tell me it’s not true. I love you Mary Tyler Moore. You inspired a generation of smart women.”
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) January 25, 2017
Selma Blair posted a photo and wrote, “What an angel. Always was and will be. A great part of my childhood and so many people’s lives.”
What an angel. Always was and will be. A great part of my childhood and so many people's lives.… https://t.co/msBTM6VyFd
— Selma Blair (@SelmaBlair) January 25, 2017
Kelly Ripa tweeted, “So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore.”
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. 🙏🏽
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) January 25, 2017
“Mary Tyler Moore’s work as an actor and producer was astonishing!” wrote Gates McFadden. “I grew up with her shows and her brilliant example as an artist!”
Mary Tyler Moore's work as an actor and producer was astonishing! I grew up with her shows and her brilliant example as an artist! RIP
— Gates McFadden (@gates_mcfadden) 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,” Hoda Kotb tweeted, quoting the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” theme “Love Is All Around.”
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
“It was my honor to have met you, and working with you when you graced us on ‘That ’70s Show’ [is] a memory I will carry forever,” wrote Wilmer Valderrama.
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) January 25, 2017
Stephen Fry shared a picture of a plaque dedicated to Moore’s show. “Rehearsing on the Mary Tyler Moore stage today,” he wrote. “A minute’s silence as we remembered 1 of the true greats of TV comedy.”
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 25, 2017
Britney Spears wrote, So strong, so courageous and so beautiful. Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore.”
So strong, so courageous and so beautiful. Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore. pic.twitter.com/rKIlPiepLw
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 25, 2017
SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris reflected on the impact of Moore’s work.
“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,” Carteris said. “She will be dearly missed.”