Estelle Getty

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Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty
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Born:
July 25, 1923
Died:
July 22, 2008
Age:
84
Birth Name:
Estelle Scher
Nickname:
Ettle
Country:
Awards:
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations.
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Some Facts
In 1991, as later reported in Star magazine, Getty helped her 29-year-old nephew Steven Scher, who was suffering from the final stages of AIDS and near death. Because his parents lived in England and his friends were no longer able to care for him in Greensboro, North Carolina, Getty took it upon herself to have him flown to California and admitted to hospice care. He died in January 1992.
Getty played mother to Bea Arthur on The Golden Girls (1985), however, Bea is actually 15½ months older than Estelle. Estelle was born on July 25, 1923 and Bea was born on May 13, 1922.
Although her character of Sophia often made jokes about the Republican party on The Golden Girls (1985) Getty herself was a registered Republican, a fact she recognized in her personal biography.
Was born to Polish immigrants. Has a brother David and a sister Rosilyn.
During a brief reunion in November 2004 with The Golden Girls (1985)'s Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur, it was reported on TV by the ladies that Estelle was suffering from severe dementia.
Personal Quotes
The only time you'll see me as a Democrat is when I play Sophia. In the real world I'm a Republican from head to toe.
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If there are two things you want to do in life and one of them is acting...do the other.
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Being tiny has been difficult for me in a business that regarded physicality as the most important part of your life. And I always had to fight against the fact that I could do things even though I was small. And eventually I proved to them I could play mother to six footers".
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Playing Mother Beckoff for five years on stage was the role of a lifetime and I was really angry when they gave the part to Anne Bancroft [in the film]. She was just too loud and played too hard at being Jewish. EG -- referring to her career-making role in "Torch Song Trilogy".
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Too many of you, my friends, are dying. Now it's time for me to do my part and help you. - on launching her fundraising for AIDS research in honor of her gay friends and fans
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