Mary Tyler Moore's local friends remember the actress

The documentary showcases the influence of Moore, who died Wednesday at the age of 80, and her beloved TV series.

However, it was the way she dazzled the screen as an independent female news producer in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" that touched audiences everywhere.

Moore spent most of the '60s and '70s working on two of the most acclaimed programs in television history - The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. "A den mother would be a good way to describe her". Moore's character was no longer divorced-instead, she'd just broken off a long engagement-and the show would take place in Minnesota. PHOTOS: Mary Tyler Moore through the years Moore would go on to achieve even greater success as the star of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s.

Moore herself lived with diabetes for almost half a century and told of her struggle in her 2009 book, "Growing Up Again".

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"She was 23 years old, gorgeous of course, and had a kind of mid-Atlantic accent", he recalled of first meeting the star.

Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, says Moore died with her husband and friends nearby. According to a source, Moore had been on a ventilator and had been hospitalized with pneumonia due to complications from her diabetes. I still can't believe Mary Tyler Moore touched my face.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to these shows because they enabled us to safely examine alternate views and lifestyles in ways we never could before", said Pompper.

As the world continues to mourn the death of Mary Tyler Moore, ET is looking back at some of our favorite interactions with the TV icon. Moore has battled illness for several years. "Also regarding Moore's health, Valerie Harper (Moore and White's co-star) said, "[the diabetes] does ravage her body, but she stays healthy". I asked her to read and she read the first line and I heard a ping in her voice and my hand became a claw. After losing her only son in 1980, the late actress is survived by her husband, Robert Levine.

  • Lawrence Cooper