The late, beloved actress turn the world on through her smile, and made one everlasting girlfriend in she "Dick valve Dyke Show" co-star.

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Mary Tyler Moore"s name wasn"t part of the location of "The dick Van Dyke Show," however there to be no question: In the end, she shone as brightly together he did. And also during the nearly five year they operated together top top that classic early TV sitcom, she charmed the human being — and Van Dyke — in same measure.


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So lot so the over 50 year later, van Dyke, 91, still has very an effective memories the his former co-star (the pair play the married pair Rob and Laura Petrie), and also spoke warmly of her in a tribute the was published in Wednesday"s Hollywood Reporter, just hours after her death was announced.

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Mary Tyler Moore and also Dick valve Dyke to be equally hilarious top top "The dick Van Dyke Show."CBS picture Archive / CBS via Getty Images

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"I don’t understand what made she comic time so great," that told THR. "Mary just picked it increase so fast. She had actually us all laughing after ~ a couple of episodes. She just got hold of onto the character and also literally turned us into an improv group, it to be so well-oiled. That show was the best five year of my life."

When the show ended, how amazing it take it a little effort on van Dyke and others" parts to gain Moore her very own show, but she walk in the end: "The mary Tyler Moore Show" — the one the reminded us exactly how she could "turn the world on through her smile."


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"It fell into the hand of great writers," he recalled. "It was a milestone, the show. It kicked turn off an awful most enthusiasm in a lot of women. She acquired it moving! ... The episode when Chuckles the Clown died? She was at the funeral and she to be crying and also suddenly, together she recalled him, she began to laugh. It to be a performance that had me ~ above the floor! that was just masterful comedy."

He also remembered that in 2012 he was able to present her with a display screen Actors Guild Life achievement Award. By then, the said, that didn"t check out her much since her battle with diabetes was beginning to wear she down.


Moore through Van Dyke after receiving she Life success Award from the screen Actors Guild in 2012.Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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"That night, she had trouble seeing, for this reason they had actually to lug her onstage in the dark," that said. "For me, it to be a payoff moment. A culmination. Outside of her family, ns don’t think there to be anyone more proud of her than I was. Simply to watch her grow was such a thrill for me. She left one imprint on television comedy."