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LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV LIFE ACHIEVEMENT LIFE ACHIEV 3 1 4 2 In a career that has spanned more than five decades, Mary Tyler Moore starred in 1) The Dick Van Dyke Show, 1961-66, 2) Thoroughly Modern Millie, 1967, with Julie Andrews, 3) Don't Just Stand There, 1968, with Robert Wagner and 4) Mary Tyler Moore, 1970-77, with from left, SAG Hollywood Board member Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, former SAG President Edward Asner, Ted Knight and Cloris Leachman. 48th SAG Life Achievement Honoree verybody knows that smile. You know, the one that says, "you're gonna make it aſter all." And make it she did. Mary Tyler Moore, Screen Actors Guild's 48th Life Achievement Award® honoree, may seem to be the quintessential all- American woman, but her journey hasn't been without the challenges and struggles of a life fully lived. Moore got her start in dancing. In 1955, just out of high school, she got a job as Happy Hotpoint, an elf that advertised Hotpoint appliances in commercials during The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. She transitioned to acting, landing a role on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, as Sam, Diamond's mysterious secretary whose face was never shown — only her legs. Aſter several guest-starring roles, Moore's career took off when Carl Reiner cast her as Dick Van Dyke's wife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Aſter the top-rated show's five-season run, Moore went on to costar in various movies, including showing off her singing and dancing with Julie Andrews in 1967 in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and opposite Elvis Presley in Change of Habit in 1969. Her next project, conceived with then-husband Grant Tinker, a network executive, was her iconic turn as Mary Richards on Mary Tyler Moore. Both a popular and critical success, the show is considered a milestone in that it depicted a single, successful woman as the main character, not defined by a husband or boyfriend. In a 2007 retrospective, "17 Shows that Changed TV," Time magazine lauded Moore's performance, saying "Moore made Mary into a fully realized person, iconic but fallible, competent but flappable, practical but romantic." The hit show confronted a variety of social issues during its seven-season run and was recognized with a then-record 29 Emmy Awards. MTM Enterprises, founded by Moore and Tinker, would produce many influential programs, including Lou Grant, St. Elsewhere, The Bob Newhart Show and Hill Street Blues. Throughout her career, she has amassed numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for the drama Ordinary People, a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway production of Whose Life Is It Anyway?, numerous Emmys for her television work, three Golden Globes and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On TV Guide's 2002 list of the best TV shows of all time, Moore made an impressive showing, as a star of The Dick Van Dyke Show (No. 13) and Mary Tyler Moore (No. 11), available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. But Moore is more than a girl next door Fall 2011 - SCREEN ACTOR 55 CBS Photo Archive Universal Pictures CBS Photo Archive Universal Pictures

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