Estelle Getty

Actor, Comedian, Acting coach
The petite, wisecracking embodiment of the "44-year overnight sensation," stage veteran Estelle Getty became a television star at an age when most performers were contemplating retirement. Playing the sharp-tongued ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1923 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Betty White 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies Man 1988 - 1991, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1988 - 1991, 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

Grandma Estelle (Actor)

Dante's View 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brotherly Love 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's Funniest Friends & Neighbors 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crew 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Tutti Bomowski (Actor)

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Mannequin 1987 (Movie)

Claire Timkin (Actor)

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Presenter

Comic Relief 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Mask 1985 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

No Man's Land 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Middle-Aged Woman (Actor)

A Match Made in Heaven (TV Show)

Actor

Copacabana (TV Show)

Actor

The Sissy Duckling (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

The petite, wisecracking embodiment of the "44-year overnight sensation," stage veteran Estelle Getty became a television star at an age when most performers were contemplating retirement. Playing the sharp-tongued, hilariously blunt octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992), Getty easily stole scenes from co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White in this groundbreaking hit sitcom, which cheerfully upended viewers' perceptions of senior citizens. For Getty, a television newcomer then little-known outside theatrical circles, becoming a series regular on "The Golden Girls" established her as Hollywood's go-to comic actress for overbearing mother roles. As she wrote in her 1988 autobiography, If I Knew Then What I Know Now So What?, "I've played Irish mothers, Jewish mothers, Italian mothers, Southern mothers -- I've played mother to everyone but Attila the Hun."

Relationships

Barry Gettleman

Son
Father, Arthur Gettleman

Carl Gettleman

Son
Father, Arthur Gettleman

Arthur Gettleman

Husband
Adapted her stage name from Gettleman married from 1946 until his death in 2004

EDUCATION

New School for Social Research

New York , New York

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York
School was later renamed HB Studio

Trained for the stage with Gerald Russak

Milestones

2003

Was unable to appear at the Golden Girls reunion (Lifetime television) due to her failing health

2002

Revealed to the media that she was also suffering from Alzheimer's Disease (also proved to be false)

2000

Stopped making public appearances after revealing that she had Parkinson's Disease (later proved false)

1999

Appeared in the live-action film, "Stuart Little" as Grandma Estelle

1997

Played Paul's (Paul Reiser) Aunt in an episode of NBC's "Mad About You"

1992

Reprised role of Sophia on "The Golden Palace" (CBS)

1992

First leading role in features, playing Sylvester Stallone's mother in "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot"

1988

Again played Sophia on the NBC sitcom "Empty Nest"

1985

Achieved greatest fame as octagenarian Sophia Petrillo on NBC's long-running comedy series, "The Golden Girls"

1984

Played Cher's mother in "Mask"

1983

Accompanied successful U.S. touring company of "Torch Song Trilogy"

1982

Played first notable film role in "Tootsie" (billed as 'a middle-aged woman')

1981

Breakthrough stage role as Harvey Fierstein's mother in the Broadway play "Torch Song Trilogy"

1970

Made off-Broadway debut in "The Divorce of Judy and Jane"

It was later revealed that she actually had Lewy Body Dementia

Began acting in the Yiddish theater and as a comedienne on the 'Borscht Belt' circuit

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