Mary Tyler Moore was an American TV and film actress, author, and prominent role model for those living with Type 1 diabetes (T1D). She was famous for her roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the movie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, to name a few. After being diagnosed with T1D at the age of 33 she became very active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as spokesman and chairperson. She raised funds for the foundation by appearing in TV commercials and making live appearances all over the world representing JDRF. She also lobbied for diabetes research in Congress.
Mary Tyler Moore was the face of “hope” for those living with T1D. Her kind, funny, and hard-working personality was very relatable and lead to a highly successful career for her. This taught people living with T1D that they, too, could do great things despite the hardships that diabetes can bring. It was a life well-lived for Mary and she did it with love in her heart and a smile on her face. The Faces of Diabetes would like to thank Mary Tyler Moore for her vast contribution to the world of T1D. She will be greatly missed.
“There is nothing so rewarding as laughter.” -Mary Tyler Moore