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Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore turns 77 on Sunday.
Mary Tyler Moore turns 77 on Sunday. Photo Credit:

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Mary Tyler Moore!

Mary Tyler Moore, who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 77 on Sunday. The actress was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Moore started her career as "Happy Hotpoint," a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series "Ozzie and Harriet" and appeared in 39 TV commercials in five days.

She is best known for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-77) and for her earlier role as Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961-66).

She also appeared in a number of films, including "Operation Mad Ball," "X-15," "Flirting With Disaster," "Labor Pains" and "Against the Current," and most notably 1967's "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and 1980's "Ordinary People" for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

She has also received seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, a special Tony Award for her performance in "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as well.

In 1984, Moore was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award and the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2011.

She has also been active in charity work and various political causes, particularly around the issues of animal rights and diabetes mellitus type 1.

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