Estelle Getty

Estelle Getty
'''Estelle Scher-Gettleman''', better known by her stage name '''Estelle Getty''' (born July 25, 1923), was an American actress, who appeared in film, theatre and television. She is best known for her long-running role as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, on The Golden Palace from 1992 to 1993 and on ''Empty Nest'' from 1993 to 1995.

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Estelle Scher-Gettleman, better known by her stage name Estelle Getty (born July 25, 1923), was an American actress, who appeared in film, theatre and television. She is best known for her long-running role as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, on The Golden Palace from 1992 to 1993 and on Empty Nest from 1993 to 1995. For the role, she won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Of her film appearances, her best known performance was in the Sylvester Stallone action-comedy film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, which, although panned by most film critics, did surprisingly well at the box office, grossing a total a total of $70.6 million worldwide. For her efforts in the film, in a humorous footnote, she was still dubiously awarded the Golden Raspberry award as Worst Actress.

Estelle Getty Biography

Life and Career

Estelle was born Estelle Scher in New York City, the daughter of Sarah and Charles Scher, Jewish immigrants from Poland who worked in the glass business. She had a sister Roz and a brother David. Married to Arthur Gettleman from 1946 until his death in 2004, the couple had two sons: Carl Gettleman, who lives in California, and Barry Gettleman, who lives in Florida. Estelle got her start in the Yiddish theater and also as a comedienne in the Catskills borscht belt resorts, and among her most notable stage roles was as Harvey Fierstein's mother in Torch Song Trilogy during its original Broadway run.

Estlelle is best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the popular 1980s NBC-TV sitcom The Golden Girls. Her character was the wise-cracking Sicilian mother of Dorothy Zbornak, played by Beatrice Arthur (the other main characters being played by Betty White and Rue McClanahan); in real life, Getty was in fact one year younger than Arthur. Getty won an Emmy Award in 1988 for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

In 1991, as later reported in Star magazine, Getty helped to nurse her 29-year-old nephew Steven Scher, who was near death and suffering from the final stages of AIDS. Because Scher's parents lived in England and his friends were no longer able to care for him in Greensboro, North Carolina, Getty had him flown to California and admitted to hospice care. He died in January 1992.

Estelle Getty Health issues, Death and Legacy

In 2000, Getty stopped making public appearances after revealing she had Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis. In 2002, media reports claimed she was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Doctors later discovered she actually had Lewy body dementia; many of its symptoms are similar to Parkinson's as both the Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diagnoses were incorrect. Cast members attempted to talk to her on the phone or in person, but found that she couldn't remember them, or anything about the show. Bea Arthur said that even during production of the series Getty "had so much trouble remembering her lines that they should have known something was wrong from the beginning".

In 2003, Lifetime television hosted a Golden Girls reunion, but Getty did not appear due to her failing health.

On July 22, 2008, at approximately 5:30 a.m. PDT, Getty died in her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles from natural causes three days before what would have been her 85th birthday.

Estelle Getty Career Autobiography

During her time on The Golden Girls Getty wrote an autobiography with Steve Delsohn entitled If I Knew Then, What I Know Now... So What? (Contemporary Books, 1988). She further capitalized on her success by releasing an exercise video for senior citizens in 1993

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