Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80

Mary Tyler Moore, the television icon who charmed America with comedic brilliance and charisma on her hugely successful '70s show, died in a Connecticut hospital Wednesday, TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the family tell TMZ she died Wednesday surrounded by family who came to say goodbye. We're told Mary had been on a respirator for more than a week.

Mary -- who battled with diabetes and underwent brain surgery in 2011 -- became famous after starring on the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966.  She dazzled her way to 7 successful seasons on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 to 1977, decimating skeptics who viewed her show as destined to fail.

She earned an Oscar nomination for best actress after crushing it in the 1980 flick "Ordinary People."

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