Georgia Engel

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Georgia Engel
Georgia Engel 1977.JPG
Engel in 1977
Born Georgia Bright Engel
(1948-07-28) July 28, 1948 (age 67)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Actress, voice artist, comedienne
Years active 1971–present
Home town Honolulu, Hawa'ii, U.S.

Georgia Bright Engel (born July 28, 1948) is an American film, television, and stage actress who is best known for her role as Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Engel was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Ruth Caroline (née Hendron) and Benjamin Franklin Engel, who was a Coast Guard officer.[1] 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.[citation needed]


The wedding of Georgette and Ted in 1975.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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[2][3] of Esmeralda[4][5] 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.[citation needed]

While her movie appearances have been sporadic, Engel 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.[citation needed]

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.[6] She was featured in the North American tour, performing in Toronto in September 2007,[7] through engagements at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, in August 2008,[8] and at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in October 2008.[9]

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 most recently appeared in Show Boat in August 2010 as "Parthy".[10] In July 2005 she appeared in Mame as "Agnes Gooch",[11] in June 2007 she appeared in Oklahoma! as "Aunt Eller",[12] and in July 2009 she appeared as "Mrs. Paroo" in The Music Man.[13][14]

In June 2010, Engel appeared at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine production of The Drowsey Chaperone as Mrs. Tottendale.[15] In October through December 2010, Engel was featured in the Vineyard Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Middletown, written by Will Eno.[16][17]

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20] The cast also features Lois Smith.[21]

Engel stars in the new musical Gotta Dance, which premiered at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago on December 13, 2015, running through January 2016. The cast also stars Stefanie 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.[22]



Year Film Role Notes
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 Open Season Bobbie voice
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


Year Title Role Notes
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)
2007 Passions Esmeralda 4 episodes
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


  1. ^ "Georgia Engel Biography (1948-)". Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Changing for the Good". Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Drowsy 's Engel to Star in Wicked-Themed Daytime Soap "Passions"". Playbill. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Passions". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Lovely in the End: Georgia Engel Exits Drowsy Chaperone' April 1", April 1, 2007
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Georgia Engel to Star in Drowsy Tour; Additional Dates Revealed", July 5, 2007
  8. ^ Richter, Judy. " The Drowsy Chaperone, San Francisco", accessed August 2, 2015
  9. ^ Moore, John. " 'Drowsy Chaperone' Embodies Georgia Engel's Optimism" Denver Post, October 10, 2008
  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. Gary Beach, Georgia Engel, Danny Gurwin, Michel Bell Ride a Show Boat at the Muny Starting Aug. 9", August 9, 2010
  11. ^ Teachout, Terry. "A Hot Time in the Old Town" Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2005
  12. ^ Lipton, Brian Scott. "Brown, Callaway, Engel, Hocking, Jue, et al. Set for the Muny",, May 7, 2007, accessed August 2, 2015
  13. ^ "About This Artist-Georgia Engel". Retrieved on 2015-08-03 from
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. " 'Music Man", with Clow, Baldwin, Brown, English, Engel, Begins Muny Run July 20"., July 20, 2009. Retrieved from
  15. ^ Peter, Thomas. Kressley, Engel and Larsen Headline 'The Drowsy Chaperone' at Ogunquit Playhouse", June 9, 2010
  16. ^ " 'Middletown': Georgia Engel & Michael Park join cast" Retrieved 17 June 2015
  17. ^ " 'Middletown' Listing", accessed August 3, 2015
  18. ^ 'Two and a Half Men': Georgia Engel cast as Evelyn's lesbian love interest, March 5, 2012
  19. ^ Alyse Whitney. "The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday", TV Line, March 28, 2012
  20. ^ Clement, Olivia. "Annie Baker and Sam Gold Reunite for World Premiere of 'John' ", June 18, 2015
  21. ^ Clement, Olivia. "World Premiere of New Annie Baker and Sam Gold Collaboration, 'John', Begins Tonight", July 22, 2015
  22. ^ Viagas, Robert. "Broadway-Bound Gotta Dance, Starring Lillias White, André De Shields and Georgia Engel, Bows in Chicago", December 13, 2015

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