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Georgia Engel, ‘Mary Tyler Moore Present’ Star, Dies at 70

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LOS ANGELES – Georgia Engel, who performed the soft-spoken Georgette Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Present,” died Friday in Princeton, N.J. She was 70.

John Quilty, Engel’s pal and executor, instructed the The New York Occasions that the reason for demise is unknown, as Engel was a Christian Scientist who didn’t seek the advice of medical doctors.

Portrait of Georgia Engel, former star of Mary Tyler Moore present, on Oct. 2, 2007.Tannis Toohey / Toronto Star by way of Getty Pictures file

Engel was Emmy nominated twice for excellent persevering with efficiency by a supporting actress in a comedy collection for her position as Georgette, girlfriend and later spouse to Ted Baxter. She joined “Mary Tyler Moore” in 1972, throughout its third season.

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Engel had recurring roles as Pat MacDougall, the mother-in-law of Brad Garret’s character, on three seasons of “Everyone Loves Raymond” from 2003-2005, in addition to on “Scorching in Cleveland” from 2012-2015. Her work on “Everyone Loves Raymond” earned her three Emmy nominations for excellent visitor actress in a comedy collection. Her most up-to-date look was on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” as Sister Barbara.

She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Ruth Caroline and Benjamin Franklin Engel, who was a Coast Guard admiral. She graduated from the Walter Johnson Excessive College in Bethesda, Md. and earned her diploma from the College of Hawaii at Manoa.

Although she labored predominantly in tv all through her profession, Engel started appearing on stage, together with off-Broadway and Broadway exhibits. Her movie debut got here with Milos Forman’s first English-language movie, “Taking Off,” which earned her a BAFTA nomination for finest actress.

In her later years, Engel returned to the stage, showing within the 2006 Broadway manufacturing of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” originating the position of Mrs. Tottendale. She additionally acted in a number of productions on the Muny Theater in St. Louis, Mo. by means of the late ’00s. Her efficiency in 2015’s off-Broadway manufacturing of Annie Baker play “John” earned her an Obie Award for distinguished efficiency by an actress.

Engel is survived by two sisters, Robin Engel and Penny Lusk.


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