'Mary Tyler Moore' Darling Georgia Engel Dies at 70

Playing Georgia Engel Rehearses Hip Hop Routine For ‘Half Time’ Show

Georgia Engel, the actress who won over hearts on the critically acclaimed "Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s, has died at the age of 70.

Engel died on April 12, friend and executor John Quilty told news outlets. The cause of death is unknown because Engel was a follower of the Christian Science religion and did not consult doctors.

“I know the world will be sad and sorry. She touched so many people,” her agent, Jacqueline Stander, told the AP.

Engel's onscreen career spanned over four decades and included both television and film credits. She is best known for playing the lovable Georgette on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show." What was initially meant to be a single-episode bit part in 1972 turned into a permanent role that Engel played until the series ended in 1977. She received two Emmy nominations for her work on the show.

After "Mary Tyler Moore" ended, Engel teamed up with co-star Betty White for a single season of "The Betty White Show" in 1977. The pair recently reunited for TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland."

Engel also had a recurring role on CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond," for which she snagged three more Emmy nominations.

Engel was also an accomplished stage actress. Last year, she performed hip hop in "Half Time" at the award-winning Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. In video, she is seen busting a move in the original musical about spunky seniors.

Valerie Bertinelli, who starred in “Hot in Cleveland,” called Engel "the sweetest, kindest, dearest woman. And crazy talented." She wrote on Twitter, "I will miss her."

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