Mary Tyler Moore To Undergo Brain Surgery

Mary Tyler Moore attends the 11th Annual Broadway Barks in Shubert Theatre in New York City on July 11, 2009 Mary Tyler Moore attends the 11th Annual Broadway Barks in Shubert Theatre in New York City on July 11, 2009

A representative for Mary Tyler Moore says the veteran sitcom star will have surgery to remove a tumor.

Spokeswoman Alla Plotkin says Moore’s doctors recommended the elective procedure after monitoring the tumor for some time. Plotkin did not say when the surgery would take place.

It would remove a meningioma, a slow-growing tumor in the membranes that cover the brain. Meningiomas usually occur in older adults and are mostly benign.

The 74-year-old Moore gained stardom as a modern suburban housewife on the 1960s comedy “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” then went on to headline her own successful series as a single woman pursuing a career.

Moore’s plan to have the surgery was first reported on People magazine’s website.

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