Mary Tyler Moore

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The actress who turns the world on with her smile has been selected by the Screen Actors Guild to receive its Life Achievement Award.

"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 as she turned her public recognition into a catalyst to draw attention to critical and deeply personal health and social issues," said SAG president Ken Howard in a statement today.

The 74-year-old star, who became a household name thanks to such memorable programs as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has won seven Emmys, a Tony and was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 1980's Ordinary People.

Moore will be given her prize at the 18th Annual SAG Awards on Jan. 29.

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