Mary Tyler Moore Receives 2011 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

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The legendary actress will be honored during the 18th annual show on Jan. 29, 2012.

Mary Tyler Moore has been given the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

The actress will be honored during the 18th annual SAG Awards Jan. 29, 2012. It airs on TNT and TBS.

 “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," says SAG national president Ken Howard in a statement.

SAG cites Moore's 30-plus year acting career across film, television and stage, her producing and her philanthropy for those who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes.

She's won seven Emmys, a Tony and was nominated for an Academy Award.

She rose to fame at 23 playing Dick Van Dyke's wife on his eponymous show. She went on to co-star with Julie Andrews in Thoroughly Modern Millie in 1967, and played Elvis Presley's final leading lady in 1969's Change of Habit.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on Sept. 19, 1970, winning 29 Emmys over its seven-year span. She and then-husband Grant Tinker's production company, MTM, was also behind series like The Bob Newhart Show and WKRP in Cincinnati.

The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director.