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Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke together again at SAG Awards

Dick Van Dyke presents the lifetime achievement award to Mary Tyler Moore at the SAG Awards on Jan. 29, 2012, in Los Angeles. Getty

(CBS/AP) Former co-stars Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke were back at it again during Sunday's 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 75-year-old actress, who as Mary Richards "turned the world on with her smile" in her groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," received the lifetime achievement award at the ceremony. And none other than her former TV show husband was on hand to give her the honor -- and an on-stage kiss to go along with it.

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"MTM. There's probably not a person in the civilized world who doesn't know what that means," said Van Dyke, her co-star on the 1960s CBS sitcom, "The Dick Van Dyke show."

He noted Moore's achievements as an Oscar-nominated actress, a dancer and as an executive whose MTM Enterprises produced several other hit TV shows.

As she accepted her award, Moore revealed how the civilized world almost never did hear of MTM, who was told in the opening theme song of her show each week, "You're gonna make it after all."

When she entered show business at age 18 in 1955, Moore said, there were already six others Mary Moores in the Screen Actors Guild.

Told to change her name, she quickly added Tyler, the middle name of both her and her father, George.

"I was Mary Tyler Moore. I spoke it out loud. Mary Tyler Moore. It sounded right so I wrote it down on the form, and it looked right," she said. "It was right. SAG was happy, my father was happy, and tonight, after having the privilege of working in this business among the most creative and talented people imaginable, I too am happy, after all."

Before the awards show Van Dyke had stopped on the red carpet to remember working with Moore on his show.

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"She was 23 and had never done comedy. I never saw somebody pick it up so fast. I still have a crush on her," he said.

Van Dyke and Moore were so believable as husband and wife Rob and Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" that many viewers thought they were married in real life.

The show's audience, including Moore's former co-star Betty White, showered both her and Van Dyke with standing ovations, leading Van Dyke to remind them, "I'm just a presenter."

Prior to the ceremony, Moore had said that a lifetime achievement award would have made her father happy.

Tyler recently made a guest appearance on the White's TV series, "Hot in Cleveland."

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