Estelle Getty

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Name: Estelle Scher
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/25/1923, Leo
  • Date of Death: 07/22/2008
  • Profession: Actor
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Estelle Getty Fast Facts:
  • Was inspired to become an actress at age 4 when her parents took her to see a Vaudevillian production at the New York Academy of Music.
  • Landed the role of Harvey Fierstein's character's meddlesome mother in the Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy (1981), earning her a Drama Desk nomination.
  • Best-known for her role as Sophia Petrillo, mother to Bea Arthur's character, on The Golden Girls. Off screen, Arthur was actually two-and-a-half months older than Getty.
  • Known for her activism in AIDS fund-raising and gay rights.
  • Retired from acting and discontinued public appearances in 2000 after announcing she was suffering from Parkinson's Disease. She was later diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia.
  • Estelle Getty Relationships:
  • Carl Gettleman - Son
  • Roz - Sister
  • David - Brother
  • Arthur Gettleman - Husband (deceased)
  • Barry Gettleman - Son
  • Estelle Getty Awards:
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1989 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1991 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1986 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1987 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee

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