Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29th, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, but she grew up in Southern California. Originally trained as a dancer, Mary became known as "The Happy Hotpoint Girl" before she even graduated High School. Her first work as a regular on a series was as the secretary in "Richard Diamond, Private Detective." She quit after three months because only her legs and voice were used. After this, she appeared on many series but got her big break in 1961 when she got the part of Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She won two Emmys for that role. After the show ended, she had nothing but failures, until a TV special with Dick Van Dyke in 1969. This inspired the network to give her a show of her own. This was "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and lasted from 1970-1977, thanks to the characters of: Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) Rhoda Morganstern (Valerie Harper) Phyllis Lynstrom (Cloris Leachman) Lou Grant (Ed Asner) Murray Slaughter (Gaven McCloud) Sue Anne Nivens (Betty White) Georgette Baxter (Georgia Engell) and most notably Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). She won three Emmys. She has been married to Dick Meeker, Grant Tinker, and her current husband, Dr. Robert Levine. She received her seventh Emmy in 1992 for "Stolen Babies." Recently, she had planned to do a series with Valerie Harper entitled "Mary and Rhoda" but the series was cancelled before a single episode was produced.