Popular TV Star Passed Away At 70

Georgia Engel, who starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died at age 70.
Engel’s talent agent Jackie Stander confirmed that the actress died on Friday.

“I am truly saddened to lose a great one of kind friend and client, as so many others she has touched over the years. She was truly an angel and blessed us with love, laughter and grace,” Stander said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Her and her family request prayers in her name from Christian Scientist, Mary Baker Eddy.”

According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, Engel’s friend and executor John Quilty told the outlet that Engel, a Christian Scientist, didn’t consult doctors and her cause of death is undetermined at this time.
“Georgia was one of a kind and the absolute best,” Betty White, who starred alongside Engel in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show and Hot in Cleveland, said on Monday to The Times through a spokeswoman.

Actress Georgia Engel, famous for her role as Georgette on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died at age 70. She is seen here at the opening night of the Broadway musical The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006.

During a video interview with TV Land in 2012, White said of Engel, “You don’t get a chance very often in your life to meet a friend like Georgia, let alone an actress that you’re working with, and to suddenly find pure gold. That’s a privilege.”
Though Engel, who was widely recognized for her high-pitched and sweet-sounding voice, had a decades-long career in front of the camera, she began her entertainment career on the stage.
She reached Broadway in 1969 — as a replacement player near the end of Hello, Dolly!’s run — and starred last year in the musical Half Time, which was at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, according to The Times.

After her start in theater, she starred as Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1972-77) before taking on the roles of Mitzi Maloney in The Betty White Show (1977-78), Loretta Smoot in Goodtime Girls (1980), Susan Elliot in Jennifer Slept Here (1983-84), Shirley Burleigh in Coach (1991-97), and Pat MacDougall in Everybody Loves Raymond (2003-05), among others.

Most recently, Engel had guest roles in The Office (2012) and Two and a Half Men (2012) and appeared as Mamie in Hot in Cleveland (2012-15), according to her IMDb.

In January 2017, Engel spoke with PEOPLE following the death of her former castmate Mary Tyler Moore, who she said “was so wonderful and so full of love.”

She also recalled a special moment in time when Moore showcased just how generous she really was during the early days of Engel’s television career.

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