Estelle Getty was a famous American actress and comedian who have contributed a lot to the entertainment industry. She is well-known for the American sitcom named ‘The Golden Girls,’ where she played the role of Sophia Petrillo. Initially, she worked as a waitress in Catskills borscht bell resorts and theatre artist in Yiddish theatre. She also gave a try to stand-up comedy.

Though she didn’t have any expectations, she got a positive response and engagement from the audience. Eventually, she appeared in various television shows such as ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ ‘Blossom,’ ‘Touched by an Angel,’ etc. In addition, she has also played several commercially successful films for which she had received and was awarded many prestigious awards.

Quick Info
Full NameEstelle Getty
Birth DateJuly 25, 1923
Birth PlaceNew York City
FatherCharles Scher
MotherSarah Scher
Height4 feet and 10 inches (1.49m/149cm)
Weight49 kg (109lbs)
Body Measurement32-26-32 inches
HusbandArthur Gettleman
SonsCar Gettleman and Barry Gettleman
DeathJuly 22, 2008
Net Worth$8 million

Estelle Getty

Where was Estelle Getty born?

Estelle Getty was born on July 25, 1923, in New York City. Her father was Charles Scher, employed in a glass business, while her mother was Sarah Scher, a homemaker. She had a sister, Roslyn, and a brother, David. She was of Cancer sun sign.

What are Estelle’s distinctive features?

Estelle Getty was of American nationality. She remained Jewish until her death. Besides this, she was 4 feet and 10 inches (1.49m/149cm) tall and weighed around 49 kg (109lbs). Her body measurements were 32-26-32 inches, respectively. She had a pair of blue-colored eyes with grey hair color.

How did Estelle Getty receive her education?

Estelle Getty attended Seward Park High School in New York City. From an early age, she was interested in acting. Before she stepped into this industry, she worked as a waitress and a comedian at Catskills borscht bell resorts. As a part-time, she also was a theatre artist.

Who is Estelle Getty husband?

Estelle Getty was married to Arthur Gettleman from December 21, 1947, until he died in 2004. The couple had two sons, Car Gettleman and Barry Gettleman.

Estelle was a patient of osteoporosis and was suspected of suffering from Lewy body dementia. She was also an AIDS and gay rights activist. She had co-written her autobiography ‘If I Knew Then, What I know now… So What?’ in 1988.

Estelle Getty

How did Estelle Getty die?

Estelle Getty took her last breath on July 22, 2008, three days before her 85th birthday in California. The primary cause of death was found to be Dementia with Lewy bodies.

How did Estelle Getty begin her career in acting?

Early Career-1985

Estelle Getty performed for many years in Yiddish Theatres. Her role in ‘Torch Stop Trilogy’ was her most popular stage performance. The performance earned her a nomination for the Drama Desk Award in 1982 and an award in the Helen Hayes Awards in 1985. Then she appeared in her debut film ‘Team-mates’ in 1978 as a teacher. She then entered television in the 1980s. In one episode, she made guest appearances on television shows such as ‘Nurse’ in 1981, ‘Baker’s Dozen’ in 1982, ‘Fantasy Island, ‘Cagney & Lacey’ and ‘Hotel’ in 1984, and ‘Newhart’ in 1985.

Likewise, Estelle got her breakthrough role in 1985 when she was cast in an American sitcom ‘The Golden Girls.’ She was cast to play Sophia Petrillo, who resembled the old lady in looks with white-haired, small stature, wrinkles, and large-framed eyeglasses. This show ran till 1992, and it helped Estelle earn seven nominations and a win in the Emmy Awards. During that time, she was also cast in various films and television films like ‘Tootsie’ in 1982, ‘Deadly Force’ in 1983, ‘No Man’s Land’ in 1984, and ‘Mask,’ ‘Copacabana’ in 1985.

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Similarly, she appeared in ‘Mannequin’ as Mrs. Claire Timkin in 1987, a romantic comedy film. The same year she also appeared in an episode of ‘Roomies.’ In 1991, she reprised her role of Sophia in an episode of the series named ‘Blossom.’

She also reprised her role of the same character in the 1992 and 1993 series ‘The Golden Palace,’ ‘Nurses,’ and ‘Empty Nest.’ She also was featured in the film ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot’ as Mrs. Tutti Bukowski. The film received highly negative reviews and was a box office bomb. It is frequently cited amongst the Worst films ever made.

1996- 2001

Estelle Getty made several guest appearances in the shows ‘Touched by An Angel,’ ‘Brotherly Love,’ ‘Mad About You’ and ‘Duckman’ in 1996-97. She also starred in the television movie ‘A Match Made in Heaven’ in 1997. The following year, she played herself in ‘The Nanny’ and appeared in ‘The Sassy Duckling,’ a television movie and popular film ‘Stuart little’ in 1999.

Her last appearance in a film was in ‘The Million Dollar Kid’ in 2000. She also was seen in an episode of ‘Ladies Man’ where she played the character of Sophia Gates. She also played herself in ‘Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty’ and ‘It’s Like, You Know…’ in 2001.

Has Estelle Getty won any awards?

Estelle Getty won Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Performer in a Touring Production for ‘Torch Stop Trilogy’ in 1985. Likewise, she was nominated in the Golden Globe Awards in 1985, 1986, and 1991 for ‘The Golden Girl’ and won the award in 1985. She was also nominated consecutively from 1986 to 1992 in the Emmy Awards for the same sitcom, and she won the award in the year 1988.

What is the net worth of Estelle Getty?

Estelle Getty worked in numerous TV series and films when she was alive. Her estimated net worth was $8 million in the entertainment industry at the time of her death. Dedicating her life to the entertainment industry since the 1940s, Estelle earned the money she deserved and lived a decent life out of financial troubles.