‘Mary Tyler Moore Present’ actress Georgia Engel dies at 70


LOS ANGELES — Georgia Engel, who performed the charmingly harmless, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Present” and amassed a string of different TV and stage credit, has died. She was 70.

Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey, mentioned her good friend and executor, John Quilty. The reason for loss of life was unknown as a result of she was a Christian Scientist and didn’t see docs, Quilty mentioned Monday.

“I do know the world can be unhappy and sorry. She touched so many individuals,” mentioned her agent, Jacqueline Stander.

Engel was finest recognized for her function as Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Present,” the character who was improbably destined to marry pompous anchorman Ted Baxter, performed by Ted Knight.

Engel additionally had recurring roles on “Everyone Loves Raymond” and “Sizzling in Cleveland.” She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for the late Moore’s present and three for “Everyone Loves Raymond.”

She was “the sweetest, kindest, dearest lady. And loopy gifted. I’ll miss her,” Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “Sizzling in Cleveland,” mentioned in a Twitter put up.

Georgia Shiny Engel was born in July 1948 in Washington, D.C., to folks Benjamin, a Coast Guard officer, and Ruth Engel. She studied theater on the College of Hawaii.

Her prolific profession included visitor appearances on quite a lot of sequence, together with “The Love Boat,” ”Fantasy Island,” ”Coach” and “Two and a Half Males.” Her “Sizzling in Cleveland” function reunited her with Betty White, her co-star in “The Mary Tyler Moore Present” (1972-77) and “The Betty White Present” (1977-78).

Engel appeared on Broadway in performs and musicals together with “Hey, Dolly!”, “The Boys from Syracuse” and, most not too long ago, “The Drowsey Chaperone” in 2006-07. She starred in an off-Broadway manufacturing of “Uncle Vanya” in 2012.

Engel could possibly be as upbeat because the fictional Georgette, as was demonstrated throughout a panel dialogue final yr selling the 2018 PBS particular, “Betty White: First Woman of Tv.”

She recalled {that a} potential “Everyone Loves Raymond” spinoff set to incorporate her and Fred Willard by no means come to fruition, which she referred to as an excellent disappointment.

“But when that hadn’t occurred,” she mentioned, “I wouldn’t have been capable of star” in writer-actor Bob Martin’s “Drowsey Chaperone,” which led to her custom-tailored function in Martin’s “Half Time.” The musical, about older adults who college themselves in hip hop to carry out in half-time exhibits, was staged in New Jersey final yr.

“It’s given me such pleasure,” mentioned Engel, who had hoped to see it transfer to Broadway.

Her real-life voice was as candy because the one acquainted from her display screen roles. “What you see is what you get. That’s not a personality voice — that’s our woman,” a smiling White mentioned in a 2012 interview with Engel, calling her a “pure gold” good friend and colleague.

Engel’s closing credited tv look got here final yr within the Netflix sequence “One Day at a Time.”

Funeral companies for Engel, whose survivors embody her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk, can be personal, Quilty mentioned.

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