Georgia Angel, who is here at a Television Critics Association panel in August, is best-known for her role on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show.' She died Friday at 70. (Photo: Chris Pizzello, Invision / AP)
Georgette Franklin, the sweet, ever-so-innocent girlfriend and later wife of self-important Ted Baxter (Ted Knight) on one "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Brad Garrett's Robert on "Everybody Loves Raymond," and she also appears in recurring roles on "Coach "the soap" Passions, "and, more recently, in" Hot in Cleveland, "which reunited with" Moore "castmate and friend Betty White.
Angel died Friday at age 70 in Princeton, New Jersey, John said Quilty, identified as her friend and executor by the Associated Press.  Despite being a successful, long-running career, which included 2018 appearances on Netflix's "One Day at a Time" and a theater musical, "Half Time," Angel always wants to be known as the sweet, gentle and subtly wise Georgette, the kind of true friend everyone can use. Angel apparently was a good friend in real life, too, as she maintained bonds with "Moore" co-stars over the years, appearing in two white comedies, "The Betty White Show" and "Hot in Cleveland."
"Betty is one of my dearest friends, and so it was A special joy when I got to 'Hot in Cleveland' with her, "Angel said in July at a Television Critics Association panel focusing on a PBS special celebrating White's career.
Angel, who had a first appearance on "Moore" in his third season, admirably jumped aboard the smooth-running sitcom – no easy feat – and established herself among a cast and stellar veterans, including Moore, Knight and Edward Asner.
Angel and Betty White, who played Naughty Happy Homemaker Sue Ann Nivens, helped the popular comedy, which ran seven seasons from 1970 to 1977, transition supporting players as the original cast members Valerie Harper and Cloris Leachman went on to make their own spinoff comedies on the power of the "Moore" show's success. Angel and White filled them admirably.
White's scheming, lustful Sue Ann, a master of mean-spiritedness behind a fake smile, became more of a breakout character, but Angel performed an impressive and perhaps more difficult task with Georgette, who had made a good part of the Harper's beloved Rhoda Morgenstern.
Fortunately, producers did not try to make Georgette a carbon copy of the known, tart-tongued Rhoda. In Georgette, they wrote – and angel embodied – an entirely new character on the show: an angelic, guileless woman, whose appearance was less than that of supreme innocence.
Georgette was less central than some of the other characters, but angels obviously made a strong impression on her acting colleagues, earning two Emmy nominations for supporting actress. (She later received three guest-actress nominations for "Raymond.")
Georgette's lack of sophistication and misunderstanding provided plenty of laugh lines, but she was never the butt of the joke and angel imbued the character with a wisdom regarding life that is not found in textbooks.
Ted, whose obliviousness to his own flaws was one of the show's best and longest-running laugh lines , And, compared to Ted, anyway, Georgette could seem like a genius.
Georgette and Ted eventually married (with vows administered by a young John Ritter). Georgette became pregnant and had a daughter.
Angel got together with Moore, White, Harper and Leachman for a 2013 memorable reunion on "Hot in Cleveland." Harper was facing life-threatening cancer and Moore, who suffered from physical decline. She died in 2017.
After "Moore," Angel joined White on "The Betty White Show," a short-lived sitcom, before moving on to other roles over the decades, including guest appearances on "The Office" and " Two and a Half Men "and" The Drowsy Chaperone "on Broadway.
" After 'Moore' ended … everybody went off to do their own spinoffs, and I found out later Betty said, 'Well, what about Georgia?' "Engel said. It's a short-lived series, but it just speaks to Betty's self-forgetfulness. "
So it speaks to Engel's value as a friend, a characteristic that apparently applied to the woman as well as her memorable character. Autoplay