‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress had long ca­reer

The Tribune (SLO) - - Insight - BY LYNN ELBER

LOS AN­GE­LES

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.

Ge­or­gia En­gel

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