Intimate Portrait - Season 7

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  • Estelle Getty
    Estelle Getty
    Episode 26
    1/15/01
    10
    Estelle Getty: Mother to Many Actress Estelle Getty gained fame by playing Sophia Petrillo on "The Golden Girls." The feisty daughter of Jewish immigrants and a theater lover from birth, she has played mom to many Hollywood actors — and to two real-life sons. Getty was bit by the show-business bug at a tender young age. The daughter of Jewish immigrants who settled in Manhattan, Getty saw her first vaudeville act at the age of four and was hooked. As a teenager, she auditioned for every play that came along. When she started working as a secretary, she would only take jobs with employers who would let her leave early so she could moonlight at theaters. After tying the knot with Arthur Gettleman (a man not intimidated by her quick wit), Getty settled down in Queens. She quickly became part of a tight-knit group of left-leaning activists, many of whom were blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Getty's two sons, Carl and Barry, later followed their mother's activist lead by protesting the war in Vietnam. In the early 1970s, after attending a play written by Harvey Fierstein, Getty approached the playwright and asked him to write a part for her. He came up with "Torch Song Trilogy," which became a smash Broadway hit and made Getty (who played the mother of an aging drag queen) the toast of the town. The actress joined the national tour of the play and was spotted by the producers of a new NBC show about three retired women living together, aka "The Golden Girls." They were so impressed with Getty that they invited her to audition. In 1985, Getty, then 61, nabbed the role of a lifetime: Sophia Petrillo, Dorothy's crochety mother. A guest appearance quickly turned into a regular gig, and for the next seven years, Getty gained fame and fortune along with the smash hit sitcom. After the show was canceled, Getty reprised her role on "Golden Palace" and "Empty Nest"; all in all, she embodied the role of Sophia for 10 years. In the spring of 2000, Getty announced publicly that she has Parkinson's disease, a reality that has forced this true "Golden Girl" to retire from the vocation she has loved since childhood.moreless
  • Shirley Jones
    Shirley Jones
    Episode 25
    1/1/01
    10
  • Sharon Gless
    Sharon Gless
    Episode 24
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Rosa Parks
    Rosa Parks
    Episode 23
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Raquel Welch
    Raquel Welch
    Episode 22
    1/1/01
    10
  • Patty Duke
    Patty Duke
    Episode 21
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Naomi Campbell
    Naomi Campbell
    Episode 20
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Lisa Rinna
    Lisa Rinna
    Episode 19
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Linda Blair
    Linda Blair
    Episode 18
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Lee Grant
    Lee Grant
    Episode 16
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Lela Rochon
    Lela Rochon
    Episode 15
    1/1/01
    10
  • Lisa Hartman-Black
    Lisa Hartman-Black
    Episode 14
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Diane Keaton
    Diane Keaton
    Episode 13
    3/20/01
    0.0
  • Kim Fields
    Kim Fields
    Episode 13
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Jasmine Guy
    Jasmine Guy
    Episode 12
    1/1/01
    8.6
  • Ivana Trump
    Ivana Trump
    Episode 11
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Holly Hunter
    Holly Hunter
    Episode 10
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Genie Francis
    Genie Francis
    Episode 9
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Dixie Carter
    Dixie Carter
    Episode 8
    2/5/01
    0.0
  • Destiny's Child
    Destiny's Child
    Episode 7
    1/1/01
    9.0
  • Cindy Williams
    Cindy Williams
    Episode 6
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Cheryl Tiegs
    Cheryl Tiegs
    Episode 5
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Allison Janney
    Allison Janney
    Episode 4
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Diedre Hall
    Diedre Hall
    Episode 3
    1/8/01
    0.0
  • Bobbi Brown
    Bobbi Brown
    Episode 3
    1/1/01
    0.0
  • Brooke Shields
    Brooke Shields
    Episode 2
    1/1/00
    0.0
  • Tammy Faye
    Tammy Faye
    Episode 1
    1/1/01
    0.0