Ed Asner, more pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

Updated 7:37 PM EST, Wed January 25, 2017
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The death of iconic actress Mary Tyler Moore has sent waves of sadness through Hollywood and beyond.

Following her death, Moore’s friends, former co-stars and famous fans shared their grief.

“A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her,” wrote Ed Asner on Twitter. “I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.”

Carol Burnett released a statement, saying, “She will be so missed. She was a pioneer on television and also one of the sweetest, nicest people I ever knew.”

Bob Newhart called into CNN Wednesday and remembered Moore as a person who “cared a lot about actors.”

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“Mary protected the actors and insisted they be treated with respect, which they were,” he said. “I don’t know that that exists anymore.”

He added: “She loved to work. That’s what she lived for.”

Leslie Moonves, chairman and CEO of CBS Corp, called Moore a “once-in-a-generation talent.”

“She will be long remembered as a gifted actress, television pioneer and a role model to so many,” he said in a statement. “CBS has lost one of the very best to ever grace our airwaves and our industry has lost a true legend and friend.”

Though known best for the shows that bore her name, Moore’s credits included a number of stints on other TV shows and movie roles.

Her co-stars from those projects also paid tribute.

Wilmer Valderrama, who worked with Moore when she guest starred on “That ‘70s Show,” called the experience “a memory I will carry forever.”

Jewel Staite, who appeared in the 2002 film “Cheats” alongside the legend, said it was a “pleasure” working with the star and “seeing her grace, humour, and brilliance up close.”

“I did not take it for granted,” she wrote.

Those who never had to a chance to work with Moore paid tribute to her for blazing trails for women in television, both through her role as a independent young female professional on the “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her leadership behind the scenes.

“I could not do what I do without her,” wrote Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, star and creator of the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Carl Reiner, creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show, summed up her impact in an interview with CNN on Wednesday: “I think Mary broke it open for a lot of people who can not only be funny, but who are deeply talented actors.”

CNN’s Faith Holland contributed to this report.