Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies

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NEW YORK, N.Y.-(AP) Mary Tyler Moore, the star of two of TV's best-loved sitcoms, has died.

Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, says Moore died with her husband and friends nearby. She was 80.

Moore gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." In the 1970s, she created one of TV's first career-woman sitcom heroines in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

She won seven Emmy awards over the years. She also was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in "Ordinary People."

At the time the movie was released, her only son, Richard Meeker, died of a gunshot wound later determined to be accidental.

Moore celebrated her 80th birthday December 29. Her second husband, television mogul Grant Tinker, who headed the MTM Productions company in the 1970's, passed away in December.

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