Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms.
Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and for her earlier role as Dick Van Dyke's wife on The Dick Van Dyke Show. She also appeared in a number of films, most notably 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was the polar opposite of the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Moore has also been active in charity work and various political causes, particularly on behalf of Animal rights and Diabetes mellitus type 1.
Moore was born in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, to George Tyler Moore, a clerk, and his wife Marjorie Hackett. She was the eldest of three children. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from England. Moore's family moved to Los Angeles, California, when she was eight years old. She first attended Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic school in Brooklyn, followed by St. Ambrose School in Los Angeles and the Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz.