‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress had long career
Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and amassed a string of other TV and stage credits, has died. She was 70.
Engel died Friday in Princeton, N.J., said her friend and executor, John Quilty. The cause of death was unknown because she was a Christian Scientist and didn’t see doctors, Quilty said Monday.
Engel was best known for her role as Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” the character who was improbably destined to marry pompous anchorman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight.
Engel also had recurring roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.” She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for the late Moore’s show and three for “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
She was “the sweetest, kindest, dearest woman. And crazy talented. I will miss her,” Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “Hot in Cleveland,” said in a Twitter post.
Her prolific career included guest appearances on a variety of series, including “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Coach” and “Two and a Half Men.” Her “Hot in Cleveland” role reunited her with Betty White, her co-star in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1972-77) and “The Betty White Show” (1977-78).
Engel appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals including “Hello, Dolly!” “The Boys from Syracuse” and, most recently, “The Drowsy Chaperone” in 2006-07. She starred in an offBroadway production of “Uncle Vanya” in 2012.
Her real-life voice was as sweet as the one familiar from her screen roles. “What you see is what you get. That’s not a character voice – that’s our girl,” a smiling White said in a 2012 interview with Engel, calling her a “pure gold” friend and colleague.
Engel’s final credited TV appearance came last year in the Netflix series “One Day at a Time.”
Funeral services for Engel, whose survivors include her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk, will be private, Quilty said.