During Sunday night’s 18th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, Mary Tyler Moore was presented with the lifetime achievement award by her former co-star Dick Van Dyke, says the NY Daily News.
Van Dyke and Moore were famously convincing as husband and wife Rob and Laura Petrie 1960s sit-com “The Dick Van Dyke show, and Moore had her own breakout sit-com “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” throughout the 1970s where she charmed as Mary Richards.
Van Dyke sung her praises and made sure the world knew Moore was much more than a pretty face. He noted her achievements as Hollywood executive, as her MTM Enterprises has produced several other hit shows. He had also commented to red carpet reporters earlier in the evening, “I still have a crush on her.”
Moore accepted the accolade with an anecdote of how she came into her own. In 1955, Moore was entering show business at the age of 18. There were six other Mary Moores in the Screen Actors Guild, so she made her father and brother’s middle name her middle name as well, and Mary Tyler Moore came to be.
She said of her name change and following success, “It was right. SAG was happy, my father was happy, and tonight, after having the privilege of working in this business among the most creative and talented people imaginable, I too am happy, after all.”
Read more about Mary Tyler Moore and the 2012 SAG Awards here.