Old Hollywood - By Laura Barrantes on Sunday, May 27, 2012 9:31 - 1,837 Comments - Post a Comment - Report Abuse
Mary Tyler Moore is suffering greatly from her decades-long battle with diabetes. The 75-year-old star of the Mary Tyler Moore show is going blind, can barely walk and is enduring life-threatening heart and kidney failure.
Moore’s friends are worried that she may be living on borrowed time. She appears frail and miserable. And while they knew her health was waning they feel Mary is now in steep decline. The concern is that unless Moore can get some kind of miracle turn around in her illness, year 2012 may be her last.
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She currently weights less than 95 pounds which is nothing for her already slim 5 foot 7 frame. Unable to eat much, she looks like a skeleton now. The first independent working woman on TV is reliant on her family, friends and health care providers for her daily tasks.
Mary’s husband, Dr. Robert Levine, 57, keeps a close eye on her at home in Greewich, Conn. Most days Moore is limited to getting around in wheelchair and suffers from poor blood circulation.
The once terminally cheerful actress – who won Emmys as Laura Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” – looked scary skinny and weak on Jan. 7 when she flew in from New York to Los Angeles to be a part of co-star Betty White’s 90th birthday party.
“After she got off the plane at LAX, Mary was very wobbly,” an eyewitness said. “They whisked a wheelchair right over to her and wheeled her out of the terminal.”
She survived high risk surgery last spring to remove a benign brain tumor that had attacked her optic nerve, which only further exacerbated her vision troubles. Following the operation she had to go back under the knife to stop bleeding in her brain.
On top of all that, her diabetes is running a muck in her body. Mary is constantly fighting with potentially fatal acids that are trying to take over her circulatory system.
Moore, who is a recovering alcoholic, was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 33. She has kept her alcohol addiction and health up for decades but these days things are spiraling out of control.
This post was submitted by Laura Barrantes.