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Estelle Getty Died

Postby Frag » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:52 pm

LOS ANGELES - Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 84.

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

"She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents," her son said. "She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived."

"The Golden Girls," featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff's belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

Three of its stars had already appeared in previous series: Bea Arthur in "Maude," Betty White in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Rue McClanahan in "Mama's Family." The last character to be cast was Sophia Petrillo, the feisty 80-something mother of Arthur's character.

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Postby Zenguru » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:53 pm

Aw, that's sad. I loved her on Golden Girls. She was the best part of that show.

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Postby MoneyMelon » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:53 pm

Aw, that's sad.

My condolences to her friends and family.

But still, 84 is a good run. I hope I make it that long.
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Postby Deux » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:53 pm

Man, I loved that show. :cry:

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Postby C20Percent » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:53 pm

I bet all 4 of the Golden Girls die within one month of each other. Any takers?

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Postby Deux » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:54 pm

C20Percent wrote:I bet all 4 of the Golden Girls die within one month of each other. Any takers?


In a sad way, that'd be sweet.

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Postby nietoperz » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:54 pm

That's sad, but at least she's not suffering any more. RIP.
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Postby Zenguru » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:55 pm

C20Percent wrote:I bet all 4 of the Golden Girls die within one month of each other. Any takers?
I'm sure you think that sounded funnier in your head.

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Postby jza1218 » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:55 pm

So I guess Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 2 is out of the question now...

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Postby CountD » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:55 pm

I can't picture her and it's too morbid to google her now.

someone do it for me! :P

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Postby Jonathan » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:56 pm

Zenguru wrote:Aw, that's sad. I loved her on Golden Girls. She was the best part of that show.


Yeah. She was awesome.

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Postby Deux » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:56 pm

CountD wrote:I can't picture her and it's too morbid to google her now.

someone do it for me! :P


Just think of the sexiest thing on two legs.

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Postby nietoperz » Tue Jul 22, 2008 12:56 pm

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