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The Delightful Georgia Engel Passes Away

The Delightful Georgia Engel Passes Away

Veteran stage and screen actor, Georgia Engel has passed away at 70 years old. Georgia was best known as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, on which she appeared from 1972 until the show ended in 1977 and won two Emmy nominations. Georgia was the girlfriend — and later wife — of TV newsman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight.

Georgia Engle in The Mary Tyler Moore Show

After that series ended, she joined Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White for The Betty White Show during its first and only season from 1977-1978. She also was on “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Georgia appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone; Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! with Ethel Merman, The Boys From Syracuse, and My One and Only with Tommy Tune.

Georgia with Phyllis Diller

Off-Broadway she was seen in Annie Baker’s John at Signature Theatre for which she won an Obie Award, Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep, and, Will Eno’s Middletown at Vineyard Theatre.

Her most recent stage role was starring opposite Lillias White, Donna McKechnie, and Andre de Shields in the musical Half Time at Paper Mill Playhouse. The show was originally titled Gotta Dance.

Georgia Engel, Andre De Shields Photo by Jerry Dalia

John Quilty, her friend and executor told The New York Times that Engel died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey. The cause was undetermined, because Engel, a Christian Scientist, did not consult doctors.

Opening photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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