Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Golden Girl Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Estelle Getty, best known for her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, died Tuesday (July 22nd). Getty died just 3 days before her 85th birthday. Getty passed away in her home, surrounded by family.

Her first screen appearance was in 1978, in Team-Mates. She later played small parts in Tootsie and Mask. But it was her 1982 role on Broadway as Harvey Fierstein's interfering mother in the play Torch Song Trilogy, that catapulted her into the limelight and landed her the role of Sophia on The Golden Girls in 1985.

On The Golden Girls - which from 1985 until 1992 she played Sophia Petrillo, the mother of Bea Arthur's character Dorothy. She won an Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and won a Golden Globe for the same role in 1986. Getty also won a Razzie Award for her work in 1992's Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

Her last role, according to IMDB, was an episode of the short-lived TV series Ladies Man, in 2000.

From the message appearing on her website: "Estelle's legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud.

For us here, who have known and cared for her for so many years, we've lost our dear little friend who always kept us entertained by filling our days with joyful laughter. Estelle's fans across the globe have lost the feisty little lady known as Sophia Petrillo, whose quick wit, cutting remarks, and outrageous punch lines will forever be quoted and remembered...

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