Phil Kurz /
04.02.2009 12:10 PM
NAB to present Mary Tyler Moore with Distinguished Service Award

Seven-time Emmy Award-winning actress Mary Tyler Moore will be presented the NAB Distinguished Service Award at the NAB Show during the All Industry Opening keynote, Monday, April 20.

Moore starred in the "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," which aired for most of the 1960s and 1970s. In "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Moore played Laura Petrie, wife of star Dick Van Dyke, a role for which she won Emmys in 1964 and 1966.

From 1970 to 1977, Moore starred as Mary Richards in the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." The show garnered 29 Emmys, including four for its star, who played a single news producer in Minneapolis. It was also one of the earliest TV portrayals of a successful independent woman.

According to NAB president and CEO David Rehr, Moore is being honored for “the tremendous impact she’s had on broadcasting and for her many years of public service.” The NAB Distinguished Service Award recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry.

Moore is the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She was honored in 2007 with the JDRF "Humanitarian of the Year" Award. She is also active in numerous animal welfare organizations and funds scholarship programs in the arts and academics.

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