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Dick Van Dyke And More Honor Mary Tyler Moore With Touching Tributes

Earlier today, the world was rocked by the announcement that TV legend and multi-faceted icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80. To be expected, nearly everyone in the entertainment biz reacted with grief, praising the charitable actress and activist for gracing us all with so many decades of inspiration and hilarity. Her former co-star Dick Van Dyke, who joined her in reaching massive fame with the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show, offered up a particularly touching response, complete with a memorable clip.

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What a great moment between Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke, and it was always fun when the two occasionally shared scenes that embraced their performative talents. That Van Dyke guy is quite good on his feet when there aren't any ottomans around.

Dick Van Dyke definitely wasn't the only former co-star of Mary Tyler Moore's to publicly get personal about her passing. Here's one of multiple tweets shared by The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Ed Asner, who played Mary Richard's curmudgeonly boss Lou Grant.

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If only Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke could now come together for a project that honors Mary Tyler Moore in some comedic way that probably would involve music and dancing. And you know who else would be invited to that shindig? Mary Tyler Moore Show star Cloris Leachman, who shared this.

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Mary Tyler Moore starred on The Dick Van Dyke Show for five seasons, topping that with Mary Tyler Moore Show's seven-year run, and the actress remained close with many of her co-stars from those years, as well as others she befriended over the years. In fact, she reappeared with Cloris Leachman on TV Land's sitcom Hot in Cleveland, starring another of Moore's co-stars in Betty White, and that episode also reunited those three with Valerie "Rhoda Morgenstern" Harper and Georgia "Georgette Baxter" Engel.

Speaking with People about the aforementioned episode, Cloris Leachman shared a sad little anecdote.

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.'

Not that it was only Mary Tyler Moore's former TV friends and family that shared their mourning with the world. Also sharing their sentiments were so many current TV funny-women, from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom to The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, as well as other TV legends of note, such as Larry King and George Takei. Even the Humane Society reached out. Somehow, it's comedian and TV stalwart Dennis Leary with a quote that got my waterworks closest to opening up.

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Although this post from Jessica Chastain takes the sadness away temporarily and replaces it with a burst of empowerment.

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A brief look around the Internet will bear the fruit of hundreds, or thousands, of other tweets and posts from all manner of Mary Tyler Moore's varied fans. There wasn't and will never be anyone quite like her, and the world will now be forever lacking without her smile to turn it on. We'll miss you, Mary.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.