updated 05/12/2011 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/12/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
Mary Tyler Moore has elected to undergo surgery to remove a meningioma, a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
“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,” says the rep.
The veteran star – who in the ’60s as Laura Petrie on the The Dick Van Dyke Show was TV’s first sexy suburban housewife, and then in the ’70s as Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the prototypical single career woman – most recently did a guest spot opposite her friend (and MTM Show costar) Betty White on the season premiere of Hot in Cleveland.