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In the '60s and '70s She Was, Arguably, the Most Popular Actress on TV. Now This Six-Time Emmy Winner to Get Crowning Award From Her Acting Peers TVWeek

An actress who was perhaps the most popular woman on television in the 1960s and 1970s will be given a huge award from her peers, when Mary Tyler Moore receives the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

The presentation to the six-time Emmy winner will be made Jan. 29, 2012, during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, to be simulcas live on TNT and TBS.

In a statement announcing the award, the guild said: “Moore created a new paradigm for female leads in television, won top honors for her courageous performances in film, television and on stage, produced some of the most lauded television programs of all time, and for thirty years, has served as a tireless advocate giving hope to all those afflicted with Type 1 diabetes.”

The award is presented annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the guild said.

Added Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard: “Mary Tyler Moore won our hearts as Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, our respect as her production company became synonymous with quality television, our awe as she tackled difficult subject matter in film and on Broadway, and our admiration she turned her public recognition into a catalyst to draw attention to critical and deeply personal health and social issues. She truly embodies the spirit behind SAG’s Life Achievement Award, and we are honored to proclaim her as its 48th recipient.”