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Longtime Hudson Valley Resident, TV Legend Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80

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Mary Tyler Moore Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Author Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk)

Longtime Hudson Valley resident and legendary actress and comedian Mary Tyler Moore, who had been hospitalized in grave condition at a hospital in Fairfield County, Conn., this week, died Wednesday. She was 80.

She lived in Washington in Eastern Dutchess County, a town that includes the village of Millbrook, before moving to Greenwich.

Moore, who has battled several health issues including diabetes, had been on a respirator for a week, according to multiple reports.

She is best known for her starring roles in the TV sitcoms, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966 and long-running "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 to 1977. She earned 15 Emmy nominations and won seven times.

Moore starred as a never-married TV news producer in Minneapolis named Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which aired on CBS from 1970 to 1977. It won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy series three years in a row (1975–77).

Moore's movie work includes "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Ordinary People," which garnered her a nomination Best Actress at the Academy Awards.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former Dutchess County resident and film, TV and stage icon, Mary Tyler Moore," Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said. "She was a true trailblazer in the entertainment industry yet familiar face to us locally, leaving an indelible mark and impression on all who knew her and enjoyed watching her on the big and small screen. She was a role model for women everywhere and a distinct presence in our community.”

The eldest of three children, Moore was born Dec. 29, 1936 in Brooklyn Heights and also lived in Queens before her family moved to California when she was 8.

Moore, who married three times, had one child, a son, Richie, who died in 1980 at age 24 of an accidental gunshot wound.

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