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PRINCETON, NJ. (THECOUNT) — Georgia Engel, the actress perhaps best known for her role on comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died at the age of 70.
She died late last week in Princeton, New Jersey. A cause of death had not been determined; the actress was a Christian Scientist and didn’t see a doctor, said Engel’s friend John Quilty, reports TheWrap.
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Engel was nominated for an Emmy for each season she appeared on Everybody Loves Raymond.
After a handful of additional TV stints, including The Betty White Show, Goodtime Girls, and Jennifer Slept Here, Ms. Engel returned to Broadway, again as a replacement, in My One and Only. She would appear on the Great White Way twice more—in the revival of The Boys From Syracuse in 2002, and then as Mrs. Tottendale in 2006’s The Drowsy Chaperone, reports PlayBill.
After appearing in Hello, Dolly! Ms. Engel appeared in John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves Off-Broadway, and through a series of specific circumstances, found her way on the small screen as The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Georgette Franklin Baxter. As Ms. Engel recalls, a fire at the Truck and Warehouse Theater had caused the production to move—full cast in tact—from Off-Broadway to Los Angeles. While attending a ballet class in Hollywood, she met Moore, who said she had seen her in the play and loved it. “Six months later,” Ms. Engel told Playbill in 2006, “I was collecting unemployment in New York and got asked to do a three-day role [on The Mary Tyler Moore Show].” She was hired as a regular cast member shortly after.
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