Actress best known for playing Georgette Franklin Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She also portrayed Pat MacDougall, the mother in-law, on Everybody Loves Raymond.
She was in Milos Forman's Taking Off, and Jacques Deray's The Outside Man before joining the cast of the Mary Tyler Moore show in what was supposed to be a one-time appearance.
After the end of Everybody Loves Raymond, she took to the stage, appearing alongside Barbara Eden in a female-centric revision of The Odd Couple.
Her sister, Robin Ruth, won the Miss Hawaii pageant in 1967.
It was her breakthrough performance that convinced her co-star Ted Knight to stick with The Mary Tyler Moore Show despite his mounting frustration with his role.