Mary Tyler Moore, who died today just a few weeks after her 80th birthday, was remembered online by countless fans, not a few celebrities and most of her most famous co-stars.
Notably absent from the list of people offering remembrances: Valerie Harper, who had been handed a death sentence thanks to a rare form of cancer more than three years ago but somehow extended her stay on the planet; and Betty White, who just turned 95 and who, via press agent, said she was too upset to comment. (She has commented on the deaths of all her Golden Girls co-stars, so you know she must've held Moore in even higher regard.)
Following is a list of many of Moore's co-stars and other celebs she's influenced who couldn't stop from singing her praises on the day of her passing ...
Dick Van Dyke, The Hollywood Reporter:
I don’t know what made her comic timing so great. On Dick Van Dyke, we had Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie, both of whom were old hams and had razor-sharp timing, and mine wasn’t bad either. But Mary just picked it up so fast. She had us all laughing after a couple of episodes. She just grabbed onto the character and literally turned us into an improv group, it was so well-oiled. That show was the best five years of my life ... Outside of her family, I don’t think there was anyone more proud of her than I was. Just to watch her grow was such a thrill for me. She left an imprint on television comedy. [Social media:] There are no words. She was the best! I always said we changed each other's lives for the better.
Larry Mathews, Parade:
[Mary told his real-life mother] “By the way,…you have an amazing son…He is an amazing man and he has done so many good things in his life, and I’m so proud of him. And you should be too ...” Always kind, always gracious, always helpful and always a professional. And that was Mary… to me.
Rose Marie, Facebook:
So incredibly sad to learn of Mary's passing. We had some remarkable and unforgettable experiences together on The Dick Van Dyke Show. We were able to grow closer over the years and eventually became dear friends. We kept in touch until the very end. I shall miss her, very much. #MaryTylerMoore #TheDickVanDykeShow
Carl Reiner (94!) remembers the day he discovered Mary Tyler Moore, when she auditioned for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' https://t.co/qYVD8YneLH— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 25, 2017
Robert Redford, Los Angeles Times:
Mary's energy, spirit and talent created a new bright spot in the television landscape and she will be very much missed. The courage she displayed in taking on a role [Ordinary People] darker than anything she had ever done, was brave and enormously powerful.
Timothy Hutton, Us Weekly:
I am deeply saddened by the news of Mary's passing. She was a truly amazing person, a great friend, and an inspiration to all. I will always be grateful for her kindness and thankful beyond words for knowing her. She will be missed greatly.
Mary was and is and now always will be, perfect. She was the perfect actor to work with, the performance she gave was perfect, painfully perfect, and the friendship she offered was perfect. I am in her thrall.
I wouldn't have a TV career if it weren't for Mary Tyler Moore.
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength. A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.
Cloris Leachman, Extra:
My heart goes out to her husband, Robert — he was never more than a touch away from her. The picture that we all have of her, that’s how she was — sweet, kind, so tender, so delicate. She was America’s sweetheart. Valerie and I always had to rehearse and rehearse, to work things through but Mary was always ready to go, thoroughly prepared. The last time I saw her was our Hot in Cleveland reunion. I had a feeling I wouldn’t see her again. If I could see her one last time I’d hold her in my arms and say, “We love you.”
Gavin MacLeod, Extra:
A line from our theme song was 'Love is all around', and that’s what it was for 5 days a week for seven years straight on the Mary Tyler Moore set.
It was all because of Mary! She was professional; she was extremely creative with a terrific sense of humor and a gifted actress. She set a pace for all of us to follow. So I consider those seven years working with this very special person as a gift from God. It goes with out saying what a wonderful loving and caring person she was to everyone who worked on the show. Mary was America’s sweetheart and she was mine also. I was the luckiest guy in the world just sitting next to her and looking at her beautiful face… and legs!
One of my favorite shows was when Murray turned 40 years old and woke up thinking he was in love with Mary… but “Chuckles Bites the Dust” remains one of the classic comedy episodes of all time.
Today, sadness is all around for all of us and I will miss Mary… deeply.
Georgia Engel, Us Weekly:
She was my beloved friend, I loved her very much. She helped launch my career. She will be missed greatly.
Julie Andrews, Entertainment Weekly:
She was a joy to work with, her talent was monumental. She was brave, kind, generous and an activist for many causes. I will miss my ‘Miss Dorothy’ so much, but I’m comforted to know that the joy she brought us all will be everpresent in her many films and television shows ... very dear friend.
#MaryTylerMoore was glorious actress & great comedienne. She will be missed.
Michael Keaton, Us Weekly:
Mary Tyler Moore could light up a room! She is an icon and a friend. She was my cast mate and my boss. She was incredibly funny and completely generous. As an actor and comedian, she allowed me and everyone to perform – letting us just do our thing without any competiveness. She was not only a pioneer in TV, comedy and business but she was a role model for women in general. She built an empire with MTM Enterprises and she paved the way for our new talents like Amy, Tina and others. She is truly going to be missed.
One of my first major jobs was working with Mary. I am saddened to hear of her death. #RIPMaryTylerMoore
She will be so missed. She was a pioneer on television and also one of the sweetest, nicest people I ever knew.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota):
Mary Tyler Moore will always be immortalized in Minnesota. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones today.
Who could turn the world on with her smile? She could. You will be missed
Rest In Peace, lovely Mary Tyler Moore...one in a million
Mary Tyler Moore a pioneer for women and television. Blessed to have spent time in your truly lovely and magnificent presence. RIP.
So strong, so courageous and so beautiful. Rest In Peace, Mary Tyler Moore.
So sad my hero #MaryTylerMoore has passed! She meant so much to me! Iconic,brilliant,full of grace! Love you forever
Today we mourn the passing of one of the groundbreaking stars of Television, Mary Tyler Moore...
Mary Tyler Moore is gone. Very Sad Day. RIP My Dear Mary
Billie Jean King:
Mary Tyler Moore lived with diabetes and showed the world you can live a full productive life and never gave up the fight!
She broke through our TV screens and showed that a powerful woman can by funny. RIP.
Thanks for the first real image of a woman being independent, funny & vulnerable. Thank you for changing the face of TV, #MaryTylerMoore!
Bless #MaryTylerMoore for inspiring so many women.
Hilarious beautiful relatable
Remembering Mary Tyler Moore with great respect and affection.
She could turn the whole world on with her smile...admired #MaryTylerMoore very much. Thinking of her family & loved ones.
RIP beautiful, upbeat, shining, glorious, wonderful, iconic Mary Tyler Moore.
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.
Dear Mary, You already know how you majorly influenced my life and career. I respected and admired your business acumen, your passion and compassion for all life, and most important the values espoused through your storytelling. Thank you for being a Light that shined so brightly, it let me see myself in you.
MaryTylerMoore was a dear friend and a truly great person. A fighter.
So sad to learn of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore.
She turned the world on with her smile. And she was magical to me. #RIP #MaryTylerMoore
She broke through our TV screens and showed that a powerful woman can by funny. RIP.
Oh Mary, what will we do without you ?
It's time you let someone else do some giving 💔
“Who can turn the world on with her smile...” #MaryTylerMoore may she rest
MaryTylerMoore influenced my career more than any other tv role model. She indeed turned on the world with her smile
She really did turn the world on with her smile and yes Lou Grant, her spunk.
#MaryTylerMoore it was my honor to have met you.. & working with you when you graced us on That '70s Show a memory I will carry forever #RIP
Here's to more strong women like you who continue to trailblaze & make the world laugh!
I loved Mary Tyler Moore on so many levels it was confusing. Such a huge part of our culture and consciousness.
Thank YOU, Mary.
Mary Tyler Moore was appointment TV for me & my mom. I grew up watching her - she was 1 of my favorites.
She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.
There's a shot in the open where she's washing her car in a football shirt. I fixated on it. worshipped her. And that show. #MARYTYLERMOORE
RIP #MaryTylerMoore - TV & film star, tireless defender of animals, and scourge of diabetes. Truly she turned the world on with her smile...
No!! Say it isn't true. Mary Tyler Moore is gone. We loved you so. #MaryTylerMoore
I could not do what I do without her.
R.I.P #maryTylermoore "who can take a nothing day and make it all seem worthwhile well it's you girl and u should know it"
I agree w/ Oprah #MaryTylerMoore influenced my career more than any other tv role model. She indeed turned on the world with her smile
who could turn the world on with her smile.. who could take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile" RIP Mary Tyler Moore
Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at 80. How wonderful was her show? She will be missed terribly.
marytylermoore you could truly turn the world on with your smile and make millions fall in love…
R.I.P Mary Tyler Moore!
And what a smile it was. #MaryTylerMoore
No words to express what sad news the death of Mary Tyler Moore is. What an amazing pioneering woman in comedy and entertainment. RIP Mary.
A once-in-a-generation talent.
Gov. Mark Dayton (D-Minnesota):
Mary Tyler Moore will always be a Minnesota icon. The Mary Tyler Moore Show shared Minneapolis and our entire state with the world, as a place where everyone has the chance to work hard, follow dreams, and succeed. Minnesota will miss her.