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Estelle Getty (July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an American actress. She was born in New York City to Polish immigrants and was Jewish. She is best known for playing Sophia on The Golden Girls from 1985–1992. She also starred in several motion pictures and other television sitcoms.

Early life

Estelle Scher was the daughter of the Polish-Jewisch immigrant Sarah and Charles Scher. Her father opened a glass business. Later, it took Arhur Gettleman.


She did a acting career and attained to a engagement in New York and then, she came to films.

From 1985-1992 she played in The Golden Girls as Sophia Petrillo. 1986 she got a Golden Globe Award and 1988 an Emmy Award. In the spinoff series The Golden Palace (1992-1993) she played the same role After the end of The Golden Girls and The Golden Palce she played with the role of Sophia in Empty Nest.

She played also in films like Stuart Little and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot with Sylvester Stallone.

Personal life and death

In 1947 she married Arthur Gettleman and took the surname of her husband. She changed the surname in Getty. 2000 she got Parkinson's disease and you didn't see in the public. In 2004 her husband died and she moved to Los Angeles. In 2008 she died, just 3 days before her birthday. In her later years, after retiring from acting, she battled Lewy body dementia.

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