Engel in 1977
|Born||Georgia Bright Engel
July 28, 1948
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, voice artist, comedienne|
|Home town||Honolulu, Hawa'ii, U.S.|
Engel was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Ruth Caroline (née Hendron) and Benjamin Franklin Engel, who was a Coast Guard officer. Engel attended Walter Johnson High School and the Academy of the Washington Ballet from which she graduated. She earned her college degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her sister, Robin Ruth Engel, was Miss Hawaii, 1967.
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!. 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.
Engel appeared as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show from 1972 until the show ended in 1977. The role won her two Emmy nominations. After that series ended, she teamed up with former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White for The Betty White Show during its first and only (1977–1978) season. She later co-starred in two short-lived 1980 sitcoms, Goodtime Girls, as Loretta Smoot, and in Jennifer Slept Here featuring Ann Jillian.
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 role of Esmeralda on the now-defunct NBC soap opera Passions. Engel received consecutive Emmy 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.
While her movie appearances have been sporadic, she made an auspicious film debut in Miloš Forman's first English language movie Taking Off for which she was nominated for a British Academy Award for best supporting actress. Other film appearances include The Outside Man, Signs of Life, Papa Was a Preacher, The Sweetest Thing and the made-for-TV movies The Day the Women Got Even and A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story. She lent her voice to the animated films Open Season, Open Season 2, Dr. Dolittle 2, and Open Season 3.
She 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, she appeared in various productions at The Muny Theater in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. She most recently 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 she appeared at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine production of The Drowsey 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 an older lady being helped by Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper) and 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.
She appears 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 runs to September 6. The cast also features Lois Smith.
She is expected to star in the new musical Gotta Dance, which is expected to premiere in Chicago in December 2015 through January 2016. The cast also stars Stephanie Powers, Lillias White and Andre DeShields. The musical is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, with a book by Chad Beguelin and Bob Martin, and the score by Matthew Sklar and Nell Benjamin.
|1971||Taking Off||Margot||Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role|
|1972||The Outside Man||Mrs. Barnes|
|1978||A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story||Claire Ruth|
|1980||The Day the Women Got Even||Kathy Scott|
|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|
|2008||Open Season 2||Bobbie||voice|
|2010||Open Season 3||Bobbie||voice|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Mrs. Lamonsoff|
|1974||Rhoda||Georgette Franklin||2 episodes|
|1972-1977||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Georgette Franklin||56 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (1976-1977)
|1977-1978||The Betty White Show||Mitzi Maloney||14 episodes|
|1980||Mork and Mindy||Ambrosia Melspar||Season 2 ep 12 The Exidor Affair|
|1980||Goodtime Girls||Loretta Smoot||13 episodes|
|1977-1982||The Love Boat||Cleo Bagby||4 episodes|
|1978-1983||Fantasy Island||Brenda Rappaport||5 episodes|
|1983-1984||Jennifer Slept Here||Susan Elliot||13 episodes|
|1992||Hi Honey, I'm Home||Georgette Franklin Baxter||1 episode|
|1991-1997||Coach||Shirley Burleigh||17 episodes|
|2003-2005||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 (2003-2005)
|2012||The Office||Irene||3 episodes|
|2012–2015||Hot in Cleveland||Mamie Sue Johnson||10 episodes|
|2012||Two and a Half Men||Jean||2 episodes|
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- Jones, Kenneth. "Georgia Engel to Star in Drowsy Tour; Additional Dates Revealed" playbill.com, July 5, 2007
- Richter, Judy. " The Drowsy Chaperone, San Francisco" aislesay.com, accessed August 2, 2015
- Moore, John. " 'Drowsy Chaperone' Embodies Georgia Engel's Optimism" Denver Post, October 10, 2008
- Gans, Andrew. Gary Beach, Georgia Engel, Danny Gurwin, Michel Bell Ride a Show Boat at the Muny Starting Aug. 9" playbill.com, August 9, 2010
- Teachout, Terry. "A Hot Time in the Old Town" Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2005
- Lipton, Brian Scott. "Brown, Callaway, Engel, Hocking, Jue, et al. Set for the Muny", theatermania.com, May 7, 2007, accessed August 2, 2015
- "About This Artist-Georgia Engel" abouttheartists.com, accessed August 3, 2015
- Gans, Andrew. " 'Music Man", with Clow, Baldwin, Brown, English, Engel, Begins Muny Run July 20" playbill.com, July 20, 2009
- Peter, Thomas. Kressley, Engel and Larsen Headline The Drowsy Chaperone at Ogunquit Playhouse" playbill.com, June 9, 2010
- "Middletown: Georgia Engel & Michael Park join cast" Retrieved 17 June 2015
- " 'Middletown' Listing" vineyard.com, accessed August 3, 2015
- 'Two and a Half Men': Georgia Engel cast as Evelyn's lesbian love interest, March 5, 2012
- Alyse Whitney, The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday, TV Line, March 28, 2012
- Clement, Olivia. "Annie Baker and Sam Gold Reunite for World Premiere of 'John' " playbill.com, June 18, 2015
- Clement, Olivia. "World Premiere of New Annie Baker and Sam Gold Collaboration, 'John', Begins Tonight" playbill.com, July 22, 2015
- Cox, Gordon. "Stefanie Powers, Georgia Engel Join Cast of Broadway-Bound ‘Gotta Dance’" Variety, June 29, 2015
- Georgia Engel at the Internet Movie Database
- Georgia Engel at the Internet Broadway Database
- Georgia Engel at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- New York Times biography
- Biography in TV Guide