By Kimberly Potts
Multiple Emmy winner, and Oscar nominee, Mary Tyler Moore is the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award, and her former TV husband, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” star Dick Van Dyke, will present her with the award during the SAG Awards telecast on Jan. 29.
The “Mary Tyler Moore Show” icon will receive SAG’s 18th Life Achievement Award, which honors celebs for their career and humanitarian efforts. She and Van Dyke played marrieds Laura and Rob Petrie on the classic 1961-66 CBS comedy “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which was created by writer and series co-star Carl Reiner.
Moore, the Brooklyn native who won two Emmys for “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and four for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” also became a successful producer, with her MTM Enterprises producing a lineup of TV hits that includes “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Newhart,” “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere” and “The White Shadow,” which starred current SAG president Ken Howard.
Moore also won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in “Whose Life Is It, Anyway?” and she was nominated for an Oscar for the 1980 drama “Ordinary People.”
Along with philanthropic efforts for animal charities, Moore, a diabetic, has served as the International Chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world’s leading funder and advocate for Type 1 diabetes science, since 1984.
All the profits from her second autobiography, “Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes,” were donated to the JDRF.
Past recipients of SAG’s Life Achievement Award include Betty White, Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns.