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“Golden Girl” Estelle Getty Passed Away

August 20, 2008

Estelle as “Sophia” A/K/A “Ma” on “The Golden Girls”

“The Golden Girls” was my favorite TV show growing up. I’ve made reference to it on the sites a few times. Yesterday, one of its lead actresses, Estelle Getty, died. She was 84 years of age.

The Golden Girls cast photo

For years she struggled with dementia, but it is being stated she died from natural causes at her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles.

Getty was a fine actress; one of the best that ever came out of wretched Tinseltown. Her comedic timing and wit were one in a million.

She found success later in life, illustrating one is never too old to achieve one’s dreams. She starred on the show in her 60’s and become quite famous.

The show did so well worldwide, the Queen Mum invited the cast to London, England, to perform in a variety show for Britons and the Royal Family.

She was such a good actress, that though she is Jewish, she played a Sicilian on TV for years and fooled everyone. Her fiery New York accent added to the sarcastic lines she would deliver.

Estelle Getty (and her co-stars) made me laugh a thousand times. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

Estelle Getty of ‘Golden Girls’ dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV’s “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 84.



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