The Screen Actors Guild will present Mary Tyler Moore with its Life Achievement Award next year. Hard to argue with that choice.
Moore, a seven-time Emmy winner and Tony and Oscar nominee, will receive the honor at the guild’s annual awards ceremony on Jan. 29. She’s being honored for her on-screen work as well as her role as a producer and efforts in raising money for diabetes research (she has Type 1 diabetes).
“Mary Tyler Moore won our hearts as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, our respect as her production company became synonymous with quality television, our awe as she tackled difficult subject matter in film and on Broadway, and our admiration she turned her public recognition into a catalyst to draw attention to critical and deeply personal health and social issues,” SAG president Ken Howard says in announcing the honor. “She truly embodies the spirit behind SAG’s Life Achievement Award, and we are honored to proclaim her as its 48th recipient.”
Moore, incidentally, is the third member of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” cast to receive SAG’s lifetime honor, following Ed Asner (2001) and Betty White (2009).
In addition to her iconic roles on “Mary Tyler Moore” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” Moore’s notable acting credits include “Ordinary People” (for which she earned her Oscar nomination), the 1988 miniseries “Lincoln” and “Flirting with Disaster.” MTM Enterprises, the production company she founded with former husband Grant Tinker, produced “Mary Tyler Moore,” several spinoffs and a number of other series, including “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Hill Street Blues” and “St. Elsewhere.”