Mary Tyler Moore feted with SAG lifetime achievement award

Two years after her one-time castmate Betty White stole the show when she was honored by the actors union, it is now Mary Tyler Moore‘s turn in the spotlight. The seven-time Emmy champ will receive the lifetime achievement award at the SAG Awards on Jan. 29. 


SAG President Ken Howard, who worked for Moore’s production company when he starred in “The White Shadow,” made the announcement Thursday. In doing so, he said, “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. She truly embodies the spirit behind SAG’s Life Achievement Award, and we are honored to proclaim her as its 48th recipient.”

SAG is citing Moore as she, “created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.”
In 2002, one of Moore’s other costars from her self-titled classic sitcom, Ed Asner, received this honor from SAG, a union he led from 1981 to 1985.  One wonders what Cloris Leachman, who won two of her record eight Emmys for playing persnickety Phyllis on the show, makes of Mary taking home this prize before her. 

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