BREAKING: Mary Tyler Moore Passes Away at 80-Years-Old

(TMZ) According to TMZ, television icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away in a Connecticut hospital this morning. 

Sources connected to the family tell TMZ she died Wednesday surrounded by family who came to say goodbye. She had apparently been on a respirator for more than a week.

Mary rose to fame after starring on the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966.  She dazzled her way to 7 successful seasons on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" based in Minneapolis from 1970 to 1977. The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a touchpoint of the Women's Movement because it was one of the first to show, in a serious way, an independent working woman.

She earned an Oscar nomination for best actress after crushing it in the 1980 flick "Ordinary People."

Mary, who in 1986 was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, starred in well over 10 films and wrote 2 memoirs. She married 3 times ... forming power couple status when she married TV exec Grant Tinker in 1962.

Mary was 80.


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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29:  Actress Mary Tyler Moore poses with her Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild backstage at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (P

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