Estelle Getty of 'Golden Girls' Fame's Life and Final Days
Famous “Golden Girls” star, Estelle Getty had a life well-lived. Very few, however, know that she died from complications of a rare terminal disease.
Getty is a talent sorely missed in Hollywood, but she thankfully had a fulfilled life. The mother of two died in 2008 at the age of 84 from complications of Lewy body dementia, a complicated form of dementia, which doctors initially diagnosed as Parkinson’s disease and osteoporosis.
In honor of Estelle Getty's 91st birthday, let's take a moment to remember this great lady! pic.twitter.com/byOv5AEOAD— Hallmark Channel (@hallmarkchannel) July 25, 2017
A LOOK BACK AT GETTY’S LIFE AND CAREER
Even long after her demise, Getty’s most recognized work is her star role in the classic American sitcom, “Golden Girls.” The show only ran for seven years, but that was enough time for it to make a mark in film history.
Getty was born and raised in New York City. She grew up nursing dreams of becoming an actress. That did not quickly come to fruition, and a young Getty worked waiting on tables in Catskills borscht bell resorts.
She, however, stayed true to her dreams by working as a theatre artist in Yiddish theater and even tried her stand-up comedy at some point.
The turning point for Getty’s entertainment career came when she became a part of “The Golden Girls” cast. The beautiful star gave a sterling performance while portraying the role of Sophia Petrillo in “Golden Girls.” The show followed the lives of Sophia, her divorced daughter, Beatrice Arthur as well as Beatrice’s two other friends.
We're celebrating #EstelleGetty today, 11 years since her passing. We have several rare photos to share... and there are more on our #GoldenGIrls forum as well! https://t.co/KBXlOMHPDN #BeaArthur #RueMcClanahan @BettyMWhite #BettyWhite #BehindTheScenes pic.twitter.com/tpzGpLvBHa— Golden Girls News (@goldengirlsnews) July 23, 2019
It seemed like no one could have ever played the sharp and witty matriarch than Getty! Getty indeed embodied talent and thanks to the show’s skillful makeup, Petrillo became a fan favorite.
“The Golden Girls” rose to great acclamation and made Getty and the other members of the ensemble cast household names. For playing Sophia so excellently, however, Getty received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
It's been 11 years since #EstelleGetty passed away. She was the first of our #GoldenGirls to pass, and there hasn't been a day we haven't thought of her as #SophiaPetrillo. We'll be sharing about Estelle throughout the day... https://t.co/6IxxjUgHFU #BeaArthur #BettyWhite pic.twitter.com/DnsrrWTSMZ— Golden Girls News (@goldengirlsnews) July 22, 2019
While it seemed like Getty was a late bloomer in the film industry, there is no denying that she is one of the most popular classic stars known even now. Some of her other notable works include starring in “Tootsie, Mask” and “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.”
ESTELLE GETTY WAS ONE YEAR YOUNGER THAN HER TV DAUGHTER
#EstelleGetty's #GoldenGirls costar #BeaArthur loved their time together on the show. Read her tributes to Estelle on our forum - https://t.co/6IxxjUgHFU #RueMcClanahan #BettyWhite @BettyMWhite #TheGoldenGirls #SophiaPetrillo pic.twitter.com/CTA3SL0Gx8— Golden Girls News (@goldengirlsnews) July 22, 2019
If you didn't already know, Getty is a year younger than Beatrice Arthur who played her TV daughter in “The Golden Girls.” A Mental Floss article reports that it took the makeup department nearly an hour to transform Getty into Sophia Petrillo!