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Estelle Getty (1923–2008)

Estelle Getty began her acting career in 1978 with Team-Mates (1978). She also had short roles in two critically acclaimed classics, Tootsie (1982) and Mask (1985). In 1985, Estelle began acting in The Golden Girls (1985), with Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan. The successful show won two Emmys for outstanding television series, and ... See full bio »

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 2001 It's Like, You Know... (TV Series)
Estelle Getty
- Lust for Life (2001) ... Estelle Getty
 2000 Ladies Man (TV Series)
Sophia Gates
- Romance (2000) ... Sophia Gates
 2000 The Million Dollar Kid
Sister Rosanne
 1999 The Sissy Duckling (TV Movie)
Mrs. Hennypecker (voice)
 1998 The Nanny (TV Series)
Estelle Getty
- Making Whoopi (1998) ... Estelle Getty
 1997 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Aunt Jane
- Westward, No! (1997) ... Aunt Jane (voice)
 1997 Mad About You (TV Series)
Aunt Ida / Paul's Aunt
- The Birth: Part 2 (1997) ... Aunt Ida
- The Birth: Part 1 (1997) ... Paul's Aunt
 1997 A Match Made in Heaven (TV Movie)
Betty Weston
 1996 Brotherly Love (TV Series)
Myrna Burwell
- Motherly Love (1996) ... Myrna Burwell
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
- The Sky Is Falling (1996) ... Dottie
 1993 Nurses (TV Series)
Sophia Petrillo
 1991 The Fanelli Boys (TV Series)
- Doctor, Doctor (1991)
 1990 City (TV Series)
Helen Rutledge
- Seems Like Old Times (1990) ... Helen Rutledge
 1987 Roomies (TV Series)
- Mid-Term Fever (1987) ... Mama
 1987 Mannequin
Claire Timkin
 1985 Copacabana (TV Movie)
Bella Stern
 1985 Newhart (TV Series)
Elsa Carruthers
- What Makes Dick Run (1985) ... Elsa Carruthers
 1985 Mask
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Roberta Abrams
- Intimate Strangers (1984) ... Roberta Abrams
 1984 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Eurol Muller
 1984 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Mrs. Rosenmeyer
- Baby Broker (1984) ... Mrs. Rosenmeyer
 1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Money Lady
 1983 Deadly Force
 1982 Tootsie
Middle-Aged Woman
 1982 Baker's Dozen (TV Series)
Mrs. Locasale
- Dear John (1982) ... Mrs. Locasale
 1981 Nurse (TV Series)
Sadie Mandler
- Equal Opportunity (1981) ... Sadie Mandler
 1978 Team-Mates
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Alternate Names:

Estelle Gettleman | Stella Getty | Estelle Scher


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I've played mothers to heroes and mothers to zeroes. I've played Irish mothers, Jewish mothers, Italian mothers, Southern mothers, New England mothers, mothers in plays by Neil Simon and Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. I've played mother to everyone but Attila the Hun. See more »


Getty's career actually began when she was much younger on the 'borscht belt' circuit and Yiddish stage, but she gave it up to raise a family. She returned to acting much later and became a hit on Broadway as Harvey Fierstein's meddling mom in "Torch Song Trilogy". It was the L.A. tour of this show that led to her being cast in The Golden Girls (1985) and at age 62 she became an "overnight" TV ... See more »


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