Golden Girl Getty passes away

By Tim Surette

Jul 22, 2008

Actress Estelle Getty passed away this morning at the age of 84 after a long battle with dementia, reports the Associated Press. Getty was best known for her role on NBC's The Golden Girls.

When it debuted in 1985, The Golden Girls bucked television trends obsessed with the young and gorgeous by focusing instead on a group of senior women shacked up in Miami, Florida. But instead of just talking about moth balls, the weather, and hard candy, the ladies in the show tackled the sort of subjects everyone discusses, making it all the more funny.

Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan headlined the comedy, having had previous fame on other projects, but the real show-stealer was Getty. The quick-talking actress played the wisecracking Sophia Petrillo, the 80-year-old mother of Arthur's Dorothy, getting nominated for seven Emmys and winning one in the process. She also won a Razzie award for her supporting role in Sly Stallone's Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

She allegedly was turned down for the role of Sophia after being told she looked to young to play the role, but eventually had a make-up artist help her transform a few decades older than she actually was.

Getty was surrounded by friends and family at the time of her passing.

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  • Sftblswtie Dec 05, 2008

    She was an awesome woman. RIP

  • angela435231 Aug 17, 2008

    RIP... I'm soooo sorry you had to go.:( I pray for you from heavon.

  • davidpnuk Aug 02, 2008

    Getty will be sadly missed by family friends people who were close to her rest in pease

  • luigi29 Aug 01, 2008

    whos next the spongbob or chowder voice actors

  • HVGirl Jul 31, 2008

    It's time for all the good ones to go now :(

  • mobbs456 Jul 30, 2008

    RIP Sophia. may your talents continue in the kingdom of Angels. just one question - why does everyone keep dying???

  • Topaz101 Jul 30, 2008

    RIP im really sad shes gone shes always been there for me in the morning on lifetime and now shes gone.

  • HVGirl Jul 29, 2008

    R.I.P Estelle!!! You are missed and loved very much :(

  • TvMadde Jul 29, 2008

    R.I.P, she was such a sweetie! Im glad that she was surrounded by her loved ones

  • mlr09 Jul 29, 2008

    :[ She was always my favorite on Golden Girls. Rest In Peace.

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