'Mary Tyler Moore Show' Star Georgia Engel Dies At 70
Georgia Engel, who also starred in 'Everybody Loves Raymond' and 'Hot In Cleveland' died on Friday in New Jersey aged 70.
Engel's friend John Quilty confirmed the news, adding that her cause of death was unknown because as was a Christian Scientist and "didn’t see doctors".
The actress had an illustrious career, with her most famous role being Georgette, the sweet girlfriend and later wife of arrogant news anchor Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1972-1977.
Engel revealed in a 2007 interview with the Toronto Star that it was this role that kickstarted her career in the limelight.
"It was only going to be one episode," Engel. "and I was just supposed to have a few lines in a party scene, but they kept giving me more and more to do," she said, adding that the next Monday she received a giant potted plant with a note welcoming her to the cast.
She went on to have numerous roles in shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Fantasy Island, Coach and Two and a Half Men and was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for Moore’s show and three for Everybody Loves Raymond.
Engel’s final television appearance was in last year's Netflix series One Day at a Time.