Engel in 1977
Georgia Bright Engel
July 28, 1948
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||April 12, 2019 70) (aged|
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Resting place||Cape Charles Cemetery|
|Education||Walter Johnson High School|
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii at Manoa|
Georgia Bright Engel (July 28, 1948 – April 12, 2019) was an American actress. She is best known for having played Georgette Franklin Baxter in the successful sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1972 to 1977 and Pat MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond from 2003 to 2005.During her career, Engel received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
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Engel was born in Washington, DC, the daughter of Ruth Caroline (née Hendron) and Benjamin Franklin Engel, who was a Coast Guard admiral.Engel attended the Kodiak Island Borough School District, Walter Johnson High School, and the Academy of the Washington Ballet from which she graduated. She earned her theater degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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After college, Engel appeared in musical productions with Washington's American Light Opera Company. She moved to New York City in 1969, appearing off-Broadway in Lend an Ear , and for a year as Minnie Fay in the Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! , starting in December 1969.A 1971 off-Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves eventually played in Los Angeles, where Engel was seen by Mary Tyler Moore and her husband, producer Grant Tinker, her soon-to-be employers.
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Engel appeared as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1972 until the sitcom ended in 1977.The role won her two Emmy nominations. After that sitcom ended, she teamed up with former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White for The Betty White Show during its only (1977–78) season. She later co-starred on two short-lived 1980s sitcoms, Goodtime Girls as Loretta Smoot, and in Jennifer Slept Here featuring Ann Jillian.
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Engel had a recurring role on Coach as Shirley Burleigh and starred as the voice of Love-a-Lot Bear in The Care Bears Movie (1985). She played a good witch in a 2007 recurring roleof Esmeralda on the now-defunct NBC soap opera Passions . Engel received consecutive Emmy Award nominations as outstanding guest actress in a comedy series in 2003, 2004, and 2005 for her role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Robert Barone's mother-in-law, Pat MacDougall. She also played Cassie Wilson on two episodes of Neighbours .
Coach is an American sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from February 28, 1989 to May 14, 1997, with a total of 200 half-hour episodes. The series stars Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional NCAA Division I-A Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles football team. For the last two seasons, Coach Fox and the supporting characters coached the Orlando Breakers, a fictional National Football League expansion team. The program also starred Jerry Van Dyke as Luther Van Dam and Bill Fagerbakke as Michael "Dauber" Dybinski, assistant coaches under Fox. The role of Hayden's girlfriend Christine Armstrong, a television news anchor, was played by Shelley Fabares.
The Care Bears Movie is a 1985 Canadian-American animated fantasy film and the second feature film from the Canadian animation studio Nelvana. One of the first films based directly on a toy line, it introduced the Care Bears characters and their companions the Care Bear Cousins. In the film, an orphanage owner tells a story about the Care Bears, who live in a cloud-filled land called Care-a-Lot. Traveling across Earth, the Bears help two lonely children named Kim and Jason, who lost their parents in a car accident, and also save a young magician's apprentice named Nicholas from an evil spirit's influence. Deep within a place called the Forest of Feelings, Kim, Jason, and their friends soon meet another group of creatures, the Care Bear Cousins.
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Engel made her film debut in Miloš Forman's first English-language movie Taking Off(1971) for which she was nominated for a British Academy Award for best supporting actress. Her other film appearances included The Outside Man (1973), Signs of Life (1989), Papa Was a Preacher (1987), The Sweetest Thing (2002) and the made-for-TV movies The Day the Women Got Even (1980) and A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1978).
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Taking Off is a 1971 American comedy film, the first made in the United States by Czech director Miloš Forman. It tells a story of an average couple in the suburbs of New York City who, when their teenage daughter runs away from home, link up with other parents of vanished children and learn something of youth culture.
The Outside Man is a 1972 French thriller set in Los Angeles, directed by Jacques Deray and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider, and Angie Dickinson.
She lent her distinctive voice to the animated films Open Season (2006),Open Season 2 (2008), Open Season 3 (2010) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001).
Engel returned to her stage roots in 2006, appearing on Broadway in the musical The Drowsy Chaperone , with Sutton Foster and Edward Hibbert. She created the role of Mrs. Tottendale, which she continued to perform, leaving the Broadway production as of April 1, 2007.She was featured in the North American tour, performing in Toronto in September 2007, through engagements at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, in August 2008, and at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in October 2008.
For the summers of 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010, Engel appeared in various productions at The Muny Theater in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. She also appeared in Show Boat in August 2010 as Parthy.In July 2005, she appeared in Mame as Agnes Gooch, in June 2007, she appeared in Oklahoma! as Aunt Eller, and in July 2009, she appeared as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man.
In June 2010, Engel appeared at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, production of The Drowsy Chaperone as Mrs. Tottendale.In October through December 2010, Engel was featured in the Vineyard Theatre's off-Broadway production of Middletown, written by Will Eno.
In 2012, she appeared in episodes of The Office as Irene, an older lady being helped by Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper). She also appeared in the episode called "Palmdale, Ech" of Two and a Half Men as the mother of Lyndsey MacElroy portrayed by Courtney Thorne-Smith.In March 2012, 35 years after the close of The Mary Tyler Moore Show , Engel was reunited with Betty White in the third season of Hot in Cleveland as Mamie Sue Johnson, best friend of White's character Elka, in a continuing, recurring role.
Engel appeared in the new Annie Baker play John, which opened off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre on July 22, 2015 (previews), directed by Sam Gold. The play ran to September 6, 2015.The cast also featured Lois Smith. Engel won a 2016 Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress and was nominated for the 2016 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her role in this play.
Engel starred in the musical Gotta Dance , which premiered at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago on December 13, 2015, and ran until January 17, 2016. The cast also featured Stefanie Powers, Lillias White, and André De Shields. The musical was directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, and the score by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin.The musical, under the new title of Half Time, played a limited engagement at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. The production opened on May 31, 2018, and was scheduled to run to July 1, 2018.
Engel was an adherent of Christian Science.She died on April 12, 2019, at the age of 70 in Princeton, New Jersey. Her friend John Quilty told The New York Times that the cause was unknown, as Engel did not consult doctors due to her religious beliefs. She was buried at Cape Charles Cemetery.
|1971||Taking Off||Margot||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1972||The Outside Man||Mrs. Joan Barnes|
|1978||A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story||Claire Ruth||TV film|
|1980||The Day the Women Got Even||Kathy Scott||TV film|
|1983||The Magic of Herself the Elf||Willow Song||Voice|
|1985||Papa Was a Preacher||'Mama' Porter|
|1985||The Care Bears Movie||Love-a-Lot Bear||Voice|
|1989||Signs of Life||Betty|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Giraffe||Voice|
|2002||The Sweetest Thing||Vera|
|2006||Boog and Elliot's Midnight Bun Run||Bobbie||Voice|
|2007||Nunsensations||Sr. Marie Eugene||Video|
|2008||Open Season 2||Bobbie||Voice|
|2010||Open Season 3||Bobbie||Voice|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Mrs. Jayne Lamonsoff|
|2016||The Family Lamp||Marsha||TV film|
|2017||Groomzilla||Grandma Gigi||TV film|
|1972–77||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Georgette Franklin Baxter||56 episodes|
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1976–77)
|1974||Rhoda||Georgette Franklin||Episode: Rhoda's Wedding (Part 1 & 2)|
|1977–78||The Betty White Show||Mitzi Maloney||14 episodes|
|1979||Mork & Mindy||Ambrosia Malspar||2 episodes|
|1980||Goodtime Girls||Loretta Smoot||13 episodes|
|1977–82||The Love Boat||Cleo Bagby||4 episodes|
|1978–83||Fantasy Island||Brenda Rappaport||5 episodes|
|1983–84||Jennifer Slept Here||Susan Elliot||13 episodes|
|1992||Hi Honey, I'm Home!||Georgette Franklin Baxter||Episode: Elaine Takes a Wife|
|1991–97||Coach||Shirley Burleigh||17 episodes|
|2003–05||Everybody Loves Raymond||Pat MacDougall||13 episodes|
Prism Award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series (2006)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2003–05)
|2012||The Office||Irene||3 episodes|
|2012||Two and a Half Men||Jean||2 episodes|
|2012–15||Hot in Cleveland||Mamie Sue Johnson||18 episodes|
|2018||One Day at a Time||Sister Barbara||Episode: "Homecoming"|
Mary Tyler Moore was an American producer, social advocate and noted stage, film and television actress — widely known for her prominent television sitcom roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977) and on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966).
Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, television and film, performed in solo concerts and released recordings. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.
Sutton Lenore Foster is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, in 2002 for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and in 2011 for her performance as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Her other Broadway credits include Little Women, The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein, Shrek the Musical, and Violet. On television, Foster played the lead role in the short-lived ABC Family comedy-drama Bunheads from 2012 to 2013. Since March 2015, she has starred in the TV Land comedy-drama Younger.
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The Drowsy Chaperone is a musical with book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar and music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison. It is a parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage, as he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors.
Matthew Sklar is a composer for musical theatre, television, and film. His works have appeared on Broadway, the West End, and many theatres worldwide. Sklar has written primarily with lyricist Chad Beguelin, having written music for their Broadway shows The Wedding Singer, Elf the Musical, and The Prom. The Wedding Singer and The Prom earned him nominations for the Tony Award for Best Original Score.
Chad Beguelin is an American playwright and six-time Tony Award nominee. He wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Prom. He also wrote the book for Disney's Aladdin, as well as additional lyrics for the score. He was nominated for Best Original Book and Best Original Score for Aladdin. He is also known for his collaborations with composer Matthew Sklar, having written the lyrics and co-written the book for the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer and the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf the Musical. Beguelin was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on The Wedding Singer, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.
Mara Davi is an actress, singer and dancer who made her Broadway debut as Maggie Winslow in the 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.
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