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Dick Van Dyke on Mary Tyler Moore: 'She Was Just the Best'

Dick Van Dyke on Mary Tyler Moore: 'She Was Just the Best'

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore in 1961. (Rex Features via AP)

By    |   Friday, 27 January 2017 08:28 AM

Dick Van Dyke, 91, honored Mary Tyler Moore, his former co-star on the 1960s hit sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" by saying, "She was just the best."

"She was 23 years old, gorgeous of course, and had a kind of mid-Atlantic accent," Van Dyke told The Hollywood Reporter about first meeting Moore. "She sounded a little bit like Katharine Hepburn. My first question was, 'Can this girl do comedy?' After that I said, 'She's a little young for me.' I got to be on hand and watch her grow into the talent she became. She was just the best."

Moore, 80, died Wednesday.

Her "Mary Tyler Moore" show in the 1970s is being credited with breaking stereotypes for single working women, said CNN.

She won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for the roles in both "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," along with being nominated for a best actress Academy Award for her role in the 1980 movie "Ordinary People."

Even though Moore was a newcomer in a veteran cast of comedians, Van Dyke told THR his young co-star picked up things quickly and was able to hold her own. The television and movie veteran called "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" a milestone for the small screen.

"It fell into the hands of great writers," Van Dyke said. "… It kicked off an awful lot of enthusiasm in a lot of women. She got it moving. Thank God she ended up with Carl Reiner and those writers, who just understood her and what she did."

"The episode when Chuckles the Clown died? She was at the funeral and she was crying and suddenly, as she recalled him, she began to laugh. It was a performance that had me on the floor. It was just masterful comedy."

Van Dyke recalled her health struggle dealing with diabetes and said he remained close to her and husband Dr. S. Robert Levine. She was also married to former NBC chairman Grant Tinker from 1962 to 1981, noted Deadline.com.

"Outside of her family, I don't think there was anyone more proud of her than I was," Van Dyke told THR. "Just to watch her grow was such a thrill for me. She left an imprint on television comedy."

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Dick Van Dyke, 91, honored Mary Tyler Moore, his former co-star on the 1960s hit sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" by saying, "She was just the best."
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