Georgia Engel, who played the charmingly innocent, small-voiced Georgette on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” has died. She passed away on Friday in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause of death was unknown. Georgia Engel was 70.
Georgia 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. She also had recurring roles on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and three for “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Georgia also appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals including “Hello, Dolly!”, “The Boys from Syracuse” and, most recently, “The Drowsey Chaperone” in 2006-07. She starred in an off-Broadway 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,” said her former co-star Betty White, calling her a “pure gold” friend and colleague.