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 television show The Golden Girls from 1985–1992. She also starred in several motion pictures and other television sitcoms.
Estelle Scher was the daughter of the Polish-Jewish immigrants Sarah and Charles Scher. Her father opened a glass business in New York City.
She had an acting career and got a job in New York and then, she began to appear in films.
From 1985-1992 she played in The Golden Girls as Sophia Petrillo. In 1986 she was awarded a Golden Globe Award and in 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 Palace she played the role of Sophia in Empty Nest.
Personal life and death
In 1947 she married Arthur Gettleman and took the surname of her husband. She changed the surname in Getty. In 2000 she got Parkinson's disease and didn't appear in public. In 2004, her husband died and she moved to Los Angeles. She died in 2008, just 3 days before her birthday. In her later years, after retiring from acting, she also battled Lewy body dementia.
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