Saturday, December 11, 2010

Georgia Engel who played Georgette Franklin on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Georgia Engel was born in Washington, D. C. in July 1948.  She is best known for playing the role of Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  She is also known more recently for playing Pat Macdougall on "Everybody Loves Raymond".


Georgia Engel played Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

In 1969, Georgia began her showbiz career by doing an off Broadway plays. For a time she played the role of Minnie Fay in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway .

In 1971 Georgia had her debut on screen in the comedic film "Taking Off".  The same year while performing in "The House of Blue Leaves", Mary Tyler Moore noticed Georgia in a Los Angeles showing.  A short time later, Georgia landed the role of Georgette on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  



Cast of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" Front: Betty White(), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin), Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards)  Back: Ted Knight (Ted Baxter), Gavin MacCleod (Murray Slaughter),  Ed Asner (Lou Grant)
Mary Tyler Moore (Mary Richards), Georgia Engel (Georgette Franklin), Ted Knight (Ted Baxter), Ed Asner (Lou Grant) in Georgette and Ted's wedding episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

Georgia had another film credit in "The Outside Man" (1972) starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Ann-Margret, Roy Scheider, and Angie Dickinson.  That same year she began playing Georgette Franklin on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-starring Mary Tyler Moore, Ted Knight, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Cloris Leachman, Betty White, and Valerie Harper.  She appeared in 50 episodes until the show ended in 1977.  She also appeared in Valerie Harper's spin-off show "Rhoda" in 1974 for the wedding episode. 

After the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" went off the air, Georgia got the role of "Mitzi Maloney" in her former co-stars new show "The Betty White Show" co-starring of course Betty White as well as John Hillerman who would be known for his "Magnum P.I." fame in later years as Higgins.  "The Betty White Show" lasted two years and ended in 1978.  That same year Georgia starred in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" with Blythe Danner, Edward Herrmann, Jane Wyatt, Patricia Neal,  and David Ogden Stiers. She also appeared in 4 episodes of "The Love Boat" with former co-star Gavin MacLeod and 
Lauren Tewes, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Jill Whelan, and Ted Lange from 1977 to 1982 as well as several appearances in "Fantasy Island" with Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize.

Georgia Engel and Betty White of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Betty White Show"
Georgia Engel when she appeared in "Fantasy Island"

In 1979 Engel appeared in the TV shows "The Associates" and "Mork & Mindy" with Robin Williams and Pam Dawber.  The following year she landed the role of Loretta Smoot in the TV show "Goodtime Girls" and starred in 13 episodes. Subsequently, she played in the TV movie "The Day the Women Got Even" with Jo Ann Pflug and Tina Louise.

From 1983 to 1984, Georgia played the role of Susan Elliot in "Jennifer Slept Here" co-starring Ann Jillian, John P. Navin Jr. and Brandon Maggart.  The subsequent year she starred in "Papa Was a Preacher" with Robert Pine, Dean Stockwell, and Imogene Coca.  That same year she used her voice talents in "The Care Bears Movie" with Mickey Rooney and Jackie Burroughs.



In 1991 Georgia landed the role of Shirley Burleigh in the TV show "Coach" co-starring Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke and Shelley Fabares.  The show ran until 1997.  For the next few years Engel relied on her voice talents in appearances such as "Hercules" (1998), "Hey Arnold!" (2000), and "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001).


Georgia Engel in 2000
Georgia Engel in 2003

In 2002 Georgia played the role of Vera in "The Sweetest Thing" co-starring Cameron Diaz, Thomas Jane, Selma Blair, Christina Applegate, and Jason Bateman.  The following year she landed the role of Pat MacDougall on "Everybody Loves Raymond" co-starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Peter Boyle, and Doris Roberts.  The show ended in 2005.



Georgia Engel in 2008
Georgia Engel today

The next few years Engel was again using her voice talents in "Open Season" (2006) and "Open Season 2" (2008) as well as starring in the film "The Beast" in 2007.  She is now back in theatre again and is resurrecting a role she previously played on Broadway in the opera "The Drowsy Chaperone".



Georgia Engel and the company of "The Drowsy Chaperone"
Georgia Engel in"The Drowsy Chaperone"



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