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Estelle Getty Biography and Filmography
Estelle Getty
Birthday: July 25, 1923
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 4' 1"
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A 5-foot-tall embodiment of the phrase "Late Bloomer," Estelle Getty was 47 years old when she made her first off-Broadway stage appearance. Getty gained renown in 1982 for her vitriolic performance as Harvey Fierstein's mother in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Torch Song Trilogy. She made the first of several brief film appearances that same year. When the call went out for an actress to play Sophia Petrillo, a peppery octogenarian whose recent stroke robbed her brain of its "tact"cells, in the upcoming TV series Golden Girls, Getty auditioned, only to be turned down because she was too young for the role. Four auditions later, she landed the part by hiring a makeup artist to add some 20 years to her facial features, wearing a too-big thrift shop dress, and remaining in character throughout the interview. She played Sophia on Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, reprising the character for the spin-off series Golden Palace (1992) and for two year's worth of appearances on another sitcom, Empty Nest. For her efforts, Getty won a 1987 Emmy, a Golden Globe, and an American Comedy Award. She also evidently became typecast for life, as witness her Sophia-like co-starring performance in the 1992 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. During her first rush of TV fame, Estelle Getty published her autobiography, If I Knew Then What I Know Now...So What?
The Million Dollar Kid (2000)
[ Alison Lohman ][ Maureen McCormick ]
Stuart Little (1999)
[ Jennifer Tilly ][ Geena Davis ][ Julia Sweeney ]
The Sissy Duckling (1999)
[ Sharon Stone ][ Debi Mazar ][ Kathie Najimy ]
A Match Made in Heaven (1997)
[ Kelly Rowan ][ Olympia Dukakis ][ Rebekah Carlton ]
Rose and Fern (1993)
[ Betty White ][ Rue McClanahan ]
Pilot (1992)
[ Tori Spelling ][ Jennie Garth ][ Jeanne Tripplehorn ][ Betty White ][ Rue McClanahan ]
One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest: Part 2 (1992)
[ Betty White ][ Beatrice Arthur ][ Rue McClanahan ]
Home Again, Rose: Part 1 (1992)
[ Betty White ][ Beatrice Arthur ][ Rue McClanahan ]
Home Again, Rose: Part 2 (1992)
[ Betty White ][ Beatrice Arthur ][ Rue McClanahan ]
Rose: Portrait of a Woman (1992)
[ Betty White ][ Beatrice Arthur ][ Rue McClanahan ]
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
[ Vanessa Angel ][ Jo Beth Williams ]
Libby's Gift (1988)
Mannequin (1987)
[ Kim Cattrall ][ Carole Davis ][ Lara Harris ]
Copacabana (1985)
[ Annette O'Toole ]
Mask (1985)
[ Laura Dern ][ Cher ][ Jill Whitlow ]
Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984)
No Man's Land (1984)
[ Donna Dixon ][ Stella Stevens ][ Terri Garber ]
Deadly Force (1983)
Tootsie (1982)
[ Geena Davis ][ Jessica Lange ][ Teri Garr ][ Ellen Foley ][ Marg Helgenberger ]
Team-Mates (1978)
  • Getty played mother to Bea Arthur on "The Golden Girls" (1985), however, Bea is actually 2 1/2 months older than Estelle. Estelle being born July 25, 1923 and Bea was born May 13, 1923.
  • 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 star.
  • Retired in 2000 after revealing she had Parkinson's disease.
  • Played the same character, Sophia Spirelli Petrillo-Weinstock, on five different TV series: "The Golden Palace" (1992), "The Golden Girls" (1985), "Nurses" (1991), "Empty Nest" (1988), and "Blossom" (1991).
  • Was a strong supporter of Gay rights.
  • During a brief reunion in November 2004 with "The Golden Girls" (1985)'s Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Beatrice Arthur, it was reported on TV by the ladies that Estelle was suffering from severe dementia.

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