‘Golden Girls’ Actress Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Source-Associated Press to Foxnews.com

[ In her early 60s, she flunked her “Golden Girls” test twice because it was believed she didn’t look old enough to play 80.]

I can’t even think of anyone better than Estelle Getty playing the role of Sophia.  You can put Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur together and you would have a good sitcom but add Estelle Getty and you have a “GREAT” sitcom.  She shined in her role and truly made “The Golden Girls” just what it was -“GOLDEN”……She will truly be missed not just by her family and friends but by her fans too…….flagranny2

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.

“Estelle always wanted to be an actress, and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams,” former “Golden Girls” co-star Rue McClanahan told The Associated Press. “Don’t feel sad about her passing. She will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia.”

Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her,” Arthur said in a statement.

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