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Commemorating a career that has spanned a half century, the SAG Award "is quite an honor," says Moore (in 1970). "I didn't think of myself as ever having achieved anything of particular merit!"

ACTING IN FLIRTING WITH DISASTER

"It was one of my happiest moments," says Moore of filming her role as Ben Stiller's neurotic (and bra-baring) mom in the 1996 comedy. "The humor came naturally, although I don't know why. It was not the tone of my family and how we interacted with each other."

BETTY WHITE

"We have always been very good friends," Moore says of White (right, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in '75). Reuniting on Hot in Cleveland last year (above) "was great fun," says Moore. "We had never played two dames in a prison before. We laughed a lot about that."

DICK VAN DYKE

Her original TV husband made her laugh "oh, like every day," says Moore, who was just 22 when she won the role of Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which debuted in '61. "I remember fudging my age because Dick had said, 'Isn't she too young for me?' So I said I was 23."

MY MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW COSTARS

"We always just dove in and went for as much juice as we possibly could," Moore says of her hit '70s sitcom cast, including (clockwise from bottom left) Betty White, Gavin MacLeod, Ed Asner, Ted Knight and Georgia Engel. "Most of the time it worked beyond our expectations."

MY DOGS

"I'm constantly laughing at my pets," says the longtime animal lover (in 2002 with miniature schnauzer Shana, one of her four dogs). "I feel more comfortable with animals than I do with people, if you want to know."