The news that Mary Tyler Moore tragically passed away this week at the age of 80 saddened so many of us. In addition to her fans, many of her coworkers and friends took to social media to share their tributes and memories.
Now, Dick Van Dyke has shared his remembrances of the great lady as well.
Van Dyke says he first met Moore when she was 23, that she was “gorgeous of course” and “sounded a little bit like Katharine Hepburn.”
“I don’t know what made her comic timing so great,” Van Dyke said. “On Dick Van Dyke, we had Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie, both of whom were old hams and had razor-sharp timing, and mine wasn’t bad either. But Mary just picked it up so fast. She had us all laughing after a couple of episodes.”
The actor says he was so proud of all the success she found in her career, and that she “left an imprint on television comedy.”
Along with the tribute, Van Dyke included a link to this performance on YouTube. In the video, Moore and Van Dyke perform “I’ve Got Your Number.” The clip is from “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and it’s a wonderful musical number that showcases Moore’s comedic timing, her dance skills and her beautiful voice.
Fellow stars like Betty White (who played Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) also shared beautiful memories of her friend. White posted a photo of herself with her late husband Allen Ludden, along with Mary Tyler Moore and her late husband Grant Tinker, saying that they “had some of the best times of my life together.”
Other famous friends and admirers shared their thoughts about Moore as well.
Carol Burnett called Moore a “pioneer.”
Carol Burnett calls the late Mary Tyler Moore "a pioneer on television." https://t.co/wq0lcthvJK
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 25, 2017
Ed Asner, who became famous for his role as Lou Grant on the MTM show, said he “will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.”
A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.
— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
Ellen DeGeneres wrote that Moore, one of the first female TV stars to appear in a show as a single working woman, “changed the world for all women.”
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 25, 2017
Bob Newhart, whose eponymous hit show was produced by Moore and husband Tinker, called her a “driving force” behind the show, noting how greatly she will be missed.
Mary was a driving force behind MTM and I was proud to have been a part of it. She will be greatly missed
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) January 26, 2017
Here’s to a amazing woman.