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Actress Mary Tyler Moore To Be Laid To Rest In Fairfield Cemetery

Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday in Greenwich, turned 80 in December.
Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday in Greenwich, turned 80 in December. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Author Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk)
Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield will be the final resting place for actress Mary Tyler Moore.
Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield will be the final resting place for actress Mary Tyler Moore. Photo Credit: Find A Grave

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Television icon Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday in Greenwich at the age of 80 , will be buried Sunday at a cemetery in Fairfield, according to media reports.

Moore, who was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, N.Y., lived in Greenwich at the time of her death.

Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield announced on a splash page on its website that it will be "operating on a reduced schedule on Sunday, Jan. 29 and opening our gates at 2 p.m."

The celebrity gossip website TMZ.com said Moore's family had spent $24,000 to purchase 12 grave sites at the cemetery and will border Moore's final resting place with granite and angel statues costing $200,000.

Services will be Sunday, TMZ said, with the Connecticut Post reporting that at least one Fairfield police officer has been hired for an off-duty assignment Sunday at the cemetery.

Founded in 1865, Oak Lawn Cemetery encompasses 100 acres of arboretum land. Its usual winter hours are 7 a.m.to 5 p.m.

Moore died Wednesday after long battling health problems. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile," her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement.

Moore is most famous from her starring roles in two beloved sitcoms, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966 and long-running "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 to 1977. She earned 15 Emmy nominations and won seven times.

Her movies includes "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Ordinary People," which garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

In 1980, she was the winner of a Special Tony Award for “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

The actress had long been active in the area of animal rights and is the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Moore had long battled health issues. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was 33, and underwent surgery in 2011 to remove a meningioma, a benign brain tumor. According to Wikipedia, she had heart and kidney problems and was nearly blind in 2014. In October 2015, Moore's onetime co-star Dick Van Dyke said on "Larry King Now," that diabetes "has taken a toll on her; she's not well at all."

Moore is survived by her husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine.

According to the Find A Grave website , Oak Lawn is also the final resting place of these famous Connecticut residents:

  • Capt. Michael Joseph Daly, 83, a World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for valor in combat for his actions on April 18, 1945, in Nuremberg, Germany.
  • Actor Jason Robards Jr., 78, a two-time Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actor for "All the Presidents Men" in 1976 and "Julia" in 1977 who was a longtime Fairfield resident.
  • James C. Shannon, 83, who was elevated to governor of Connecticut on March 7, 1948, after the death of Gov. James L. McConaughy.

Click here to read the story at the Connecticut Post. Click here to read the story at TMZ.com.

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