Mary Tyler Moore Show actress Georgia Engel dies at 70

Esequiel Farfan
Abril 17, 2019

Georgia Engel, who played the soft-spoken and innocent Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", has died.

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Engel, who joined the show in 1972, was nominated twice for an Emmy for her work on the legendary TV show.

Betty White and Georgia Engel pose with the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, including Mary Tyler Moore and, back row from left, Ted Knight, Gavin MacLeod and Ed Asner, on November 21, 1975. She also received three Emmy nominations for her guest role as Pat McDougall on "Everybody Loves Raymond".

The voice of an angel: Her high-pitched, soft voice was sugar sweet. "And insane talented. I will miss her", Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in Hot in Cleveland, said in a Twitter post.

Ms. Engel remained a regional theater stalwart and returned to Broadway for a 2002 revival of the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical comedy "The Boys from Syracuse" and, most recently, as the silly Mrs. Tottendale in the musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" in 2006-2007.

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"Then the following Monday morning, there was a buzz on my door and I looked through the peeper and there was this giant potted palm with a note that said, 'Welcome to the MTM Family'".

She recalled that a possible Everybody Loves Raymond spinoff set to include her and Fred Willard never come to fruition, which she called a great disappointment. Previous year she starred in the musical Half Time, as a member of a senior hip-hop dance team that performs at National Basketball Association games. "And insane talented." She wrote on Twitter, "I will miss her".

"It's given me such joy", said Engel, who had hoped to see it move to Broadway. She also made her screen debut in the 1971 film "Taking Off", which proved fortuitous when one of the screenwriters, John Guare, asked her to appear in his latest play, "The House of Blue Leaves".

"She could get a laugh on literally every line you gave her", he told the New York Times for her obituary. "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 had a decades-long career as a television and stage actress.

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