Georgia Engel, star of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' dies at 70

FILE Mary Tyler Moore right is joined by former

Georgia Engel, whose breathy delivery made Georgette on "Mary Tyler Moore" one of TV's most memorable ditzy blondes, died Friday in Princeton, New Jersey.

According to a close friend, her cause of death will remain unknown without an autopsy because she was Christian Scientist.

She was a five-time Emmy nominee, receiving two nods for the late Moore's show and three for Everybody Loves Raymond. "And insane talented. I will miss her", Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in "Hot in Cleveland", said in a Twitter post.

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of veteran stage and screen actor, Georgia Engel. She starred in an off-Broadway production of Uncle Vanya in 2012.

"It was only going to be one episode, 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 explained.

Bob Martin, who co-wrote (and co-starred in) Broadway's 2006 The Drowsy Chaperone, tweeted, "I have never met anyone who was less like anyone else than Georgia Engel".

Funeral services for Engel, whose survivors include her sisters Robin Engel and Penny Lusk, will be private, Quilty said.

She landed a guest role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", but soon captured the hearts of both the audience and her fellow cast members and continued to appear on the show as the girlfriend - and later wife - of TV newsman Ted Baxter, played by Ted Knight.

Television writer and producer Phil Rosenthal, who is best known as the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond", shared condolences on Twitter, saying: "To our dear sweet friend, we'll love and miss you and your brilliant talent always".



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