Monday, April 15, 2019

Georgia Engel Dead at 70

Georgia Engel, who rose to fame as soft-spoken Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on April 12 in Princeton, New Jersey. She was 70.

Engel's friend and executor John Quilty says the cause was undetermined because the actress, who was a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors, The New York Times reported Monday.

The actress has said her The Mary Tyler Moore Show role was meant to be a one-episode guest spot, but Engel went on to appear in almost 60 episodes of the top-rated comedy. She received two nominations for her work on MTM

After The Mary Tyler Moore Show ended in 1977, she continued to work with costar Betty White on The Betty White Show and, more recently, on Hot in Cleveland. Over the decades she appeared on numerous television series including Jennifer Slept Here, The Love Boat, Mork & Mindy, Fantasy Island and Coach. She had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond from 2003 to 2005, and was nominated for an Emmy each of the three seasons she appeared on the sitcom.

On soap operas, she appeared in multiple episodes of Passions as Esmerelda. She also played Cassie Wilson on a two episodes of Neighbours.

Most recently, she appeared on a 2018 episode of Netflix’s recently canceled One Day at a Time.

Watch Engel as Esmeralda in a July 2007 episode of Passions below.

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