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.

Awards

  • 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
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, 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
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: 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

Relationships

  • David — Brother
  • Arthur Gettleman — Husband (deceased)
  • Barry Gettleman — Son
  • Roz — Sister
  • Carl Gettleman — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Estelle Scher
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: July 25, 1923, Leo
  • Died: July 22, 2008
  • Profession: Actor
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