Mary Tyler Moore to Undergo Brain Surgery

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Mary Tyler Moore has decided to undergo brain surgery to remove a meningioma, a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain.

Though the situation sounds scary, according to her rep, the procedure is fairly common.

"At the recommendation of her neurologist, who has been monitoring this for years, and a neurosurgeon, Mary decided to proceed with this fairly routine procedure," her rep tells People.

The 73-year-old living legend is best known for her groundbreaking role as Mary Richards on the critically acclaimed "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role as Beth Jarrett in the Robert Redford-directed 'Ordinary People.' She recently appeared opposite Betty White on the season premiere of "Hot in Cleveland," and will be on "Rachael Ray" today where she'll surprise her longtime friend and co-star Dick Van Dyke.

No word yet on exactly when Mary will undergo the surgery.