Estelle Getty as Sophia in The Golden Girls: 'I had a terrible white wig, a cardigan and an old handbag' Photo: REUTERS
I cannot tell you how sad this news makes me feel!! "The Golden Girls" has ALWAYS been one of my very favorite sitcoms!! Estelle, you will be greatly missed... RIP!!!!
Estelle Getty, who died on Tuesday aged 84, was best-known for her portrayal of Sophia, the intractable, Alzheimic, octogenarian mother in the long-running television programme The Golden Girls, for which she won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards and a total of seven Emmy nominations.
She herself summed up her acting career as follows: "I've played mothers to heroes and mothers to zeroes. I've played Irish mothers, Jewish mothers, Italian mothers, Southern mothers, mothers in plays by Neil Simon and Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. I've played mother to everyone but Attila the Hun."
A diminutive 4ft 11ins, as Sophia Petrillo Estelle Getty stole the show from her co-stars with her pithy one-liners. When one of her house-mates, the man-mad Blanche (Rue McClanahan) complains that her life is an open book, Estelle Getty's character responds witheringly: "Your life is an open blouse."