Mary Tyler Moore Sidekick Has Died

IMAGE: Cloris Leachman, left, Mary Tyler Moore and Georgia Engel in 2002

| ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ actress dies at 70

| LA Times – 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.

“I know the world will be sad and sorry. She touched so many people,” said her agent, Jacqueline Stander.

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.

  • Georgia Bright Engel was born in July 1948 in Washington, D.C. She studied theater at the University of Hawaii. 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). Read more. | Photo: Fair Use, Tony Esparza/CBS 
  • Cloris Leachman, 92, is an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning over seven decades, she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an Academy Award for her role in The Last Picture Show. As Miss Chicago, Leachman competed in the 20th Miss America pageant and placed in the Top 16 in 1946. She turns 93 on April 30, 2019. Read more.  
  • Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American producer, social advocate and noted stage, film and television actress — widely known for her prominent television sitcom roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) and on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966). Read more. 



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