Here's How Mary Tyler Moore's Closest Friends and Co-Stars Are Remembering Her

Despite not being Jewish, Mary Tyler Moore (l) and Valerie Harper (r) managed to be the face of Jewish sitcoms in the 1970s [CC0] Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at the age of 90.

The star had suffered a number of health problems in recent years, and it's reported that her condition "had become critical" as of late.

Many will remember Moore for her trademark charm, lasting impact, and heaps of moxie, including Dick Van Dyke, who played her husband on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1980's Ordinary People. "Just as the weeks went by I couldn't believe how fast she understood, grasped it, and her timing, everything, she just was born to do it", Van Dyke explained. And that's just one of the many show's Moore's company had a hand in over the next several decades.

She won seven Emmy awards over the years.

"It was so beautifully written", Moore told ET of her eponymous TV show.

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But the amusing, fearless women she portrayed on screen belied the difficulties she had in her personal life.

I'm deep in regret about the passing of Mary Tyler Moore.

Submitted photo Mary Tyler Moore is shown at the George Tyler Moore Center for the study of the Civil War at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown.

While she was beloved as a comedic actress, she also found success in dramas. "We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better", he affectionately shared, along with a link to their performance of "I've Got Your Number". A pioneer for feminism and progressiveness, her series tackled generally taboo subjects like addiction, adultery, homosexuality, equal pay for women, and sex - both in marriage and outside of it. "I had Laura wear trousers, because I said, 'Women don't wear full-skirted dresses to vacuum in, '" she told TV Guide in 2004. She died while surrounded by her friends and family. She last said "I do" in 1983 to Dr. S. Robert Levine, whom she remained married to up until her death.

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