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Estelle Getty Biography

Birth Name:
Estelle Scher
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Was inspired to become an actress when her parents took her to see a Vaudevillian production at the New York Academy of Music when she was four years old
  • Landed the role of Harvey Fierstein's character's meddlesome mother in the Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy (1981); received a Drama Desk Award nomination
  • Best-known for her role as Sophia Petrillo, mother to Bea Arthur's character, on The Golden Girls; 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; was later diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia

Awards

  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

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