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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 & 9 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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 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)
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:

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 »

Trivia:

Although her character of Sophia often made jokes about the Republican party on The Golden Girls (1985) Getty herself was a registered Republican, a fact she recognized in her personal biography. See more »

Nickname:

Ettle See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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