Friday, April 12, 2024

RIP Georgia Engel, aka Georgette from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” 5 Time Emmy Nominee and Beloved Character Actress


Georgia Engel has died at age 70. She is famous and beloved for playing Georgette, Ted Baxter’s much put upon girlfriend and then wife on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She was also featured on “Everyone Loves Raymond.” She was nominated twice forĀ  Emmy Awards on “MTM” and three times for “Raymond.” She also had a recurring role on “Coach.”

It’s funny to think that Engel was only 70. Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter, was twenty five years her senior. Everyone on the show was much older, but Georgette– thrown into that pool of Emmy winners just as Valerie Harper was leaving to start “Rhoda,” held her own with everyone from Ted to Lou Grant, Phyllis and Murray. She seemed naive on the outside and blissfully unaware of what was going on around her, but Engel imbued Georgette with strong underpinnings. Her highlight was Georgette performing “Steam Heat” at the Teddy Awards (the local Emmys.)

Engel comes in at 16:00.

 Georgia Engel was such a delight. Condolences to her family. But she lives on in clips.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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