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Estelle Getty (1923–2008)


She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like one-liners. Blunt and down-to-earth off-stage as she was ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo
(1985-1992)
Mannequin
Mannequin Claire Timkin
(1987)
Stuart Little
Stuart Little Grandma Estelle
(1999)

Filmography

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 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
 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)
Dottie
- The Sky Is Falling (1996) ... Dottie
 1993 Nurses (TV Series)
Sophia Petrillo
 1991 The Fanelli Boys (TV Series)
Dr. Newman
- Doctor, Doctor (1991) ... Dr. Newman
 1990 City (TV Series)
Helen Rutledge
- Seems Like Old Times (1990) ... Helen Rutledge
 1987 Roomies (TV Series)
Mama
- 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
Evelyn
 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
Gussie
 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
Teacher
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Personal Details

Other Works:

With writer Steve Delsohn, wrote her autobiography, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now...So What?" (Contemporary Books, 1988). See more »

Publicity Listings:

9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Estelle Gettleman | Stella Getty | Estelle Scher

Height:

4' 10½" (1.49 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Playing Mother Beckoff for five years on stage was the role of a lifetime and I was really angry when they gave the part to Anne Bancroft [in the film]. She was just too loud and played too hard at being Jewish. EG -- referring to her career-making role in "Torch Song Trilogy". See more »

Trivia:

Between The Golden Girls (1985), The Golden Palace (1992), and "Empty Nest" (1988)_, she played Sophia Petrillo for ten consecutive seasons. See more »

Nickname:

Slats See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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