Estelle Getty of "The Golden Girls" has died - July 22, 2008

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I heard the sad news today that Estelle Getty died around 5:30 a.m. this morning at her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles. She was 84.

Estelle Getty played Sophia Petrillo on TV's "The Golden Girls" for which she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award.

"The Golden Girls", all four of them (Blanche, Dorothy, Rose & Sophia) were brilliant. Their chemistry and timing was superb.

Blanche:I treat my body like a temple.
Sophia: Yeah, open to everyone, day or night

Stan: Hello Sophia, you're looking younger every day.
Sophia: Hi Stan, and that's a beautiful toupee you're wearing. Great, now we're both liars.

Sophia: Blanche, a terrible thing has happened to you. But when life does something like this, there are a couple of things you got to remember. You got your health, right?
Blanche: Yeah.
Sophia: You can still walk, can't you?
Blanche: That's true.
Sophia: Great, go get me a glass of water.

Sophia: Picture it... Sicily.

Estelle Getty will always be the nicest "mean little lady" - and I thank her for the many nights of laughter she brought to her many fans.


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Raylene Lewis
Century 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX

oh...she was SO VERY funny!

Jul 22, 2008 09:47 AM #1
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

That was a great show. It was awful what she had become in the last couple of years.

Jul 22, 2008 09:51 AM #2
Kyle Vaughn
Vaughn & Associates Real Estate Services LLC - Wickenburg, AZ

Bummer.  Those old ladies cracked me up...

Jul 22, 2008 09:51 AM #3
Shar Rundio
Realty Executives - Mesa, AZ
Phoenix Metro Area

Oh, what a blast from the past.  I used to watch those shows as a jr. higher maybe.  They were fantastic & Estelle was hilarious.  She'll be missed.

Jul 22, 2008 09:58 AM #4
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

She was very funny.  Too bad. A least she lived a long full life.

Jul 22, 2008 10:08 AM #5
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Stewart... This is very sad news.  Estelle was a WONDERFUL person.  I have always been a big Golden Girls fan, so when Estelle volunteered her time to entertain at a conference that I was co-chair of, the chance to meet her was one of the genuine thrills and pleasures of my life.  She was a great talent and a great humanitarian, but most of all, she will be greatly missed. 

Jul 22, 2008 11:02 AM #6
Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Bennion Deville Homes - Palm Springs, CA
Bennion Deville Homes - Broker Associate

Steve - I agree with you - she was a great talent and she will be missed.

I read she did great work in fundraising for AIDS research. 

Jul 22, 2008 11:12 AM #7
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

She's gone, but her legacy lives on.  Here's to Estelle/Sophia for showing us you can be spunky and feisty until the end.

Jul 22, 2008 12:25 PM #8
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Stewart..I hear about her passing this afternoon.   I think that without Estelle being on the show, it would not have made it for as long as it did.

Jul 22, 2008 01:25 PM #9
Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Bennion Deville Homes - Palm Springs, CA
Bennion Deville Homes - Broker Associate

Valerie - I think she was outstanding in the show. She delivered her lines brilliantly.

Jul 22, 2008 01:33 PM #10
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

I miss watching her with my mum and my daughters. We would all sit around and for some reason my girls really liked to see their grandmother laugh out loud while she watched this show about the ladies.

Jul 22, 2008 01:35 PM #11
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Stewart, this is a nice tribute.  A friend called me to tell me.  We read the Janet Evanovich books and Estelle Getty would have been perfect in the role of the Grandma who is a zany and outspoken out lady.  She will be missed.

Jul 22, 2008 03:25 PM #12
Bob Cumiskey
A1 Connection Realty, Inc. - Sun City Center, FL
US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor

Stewart, What a great tribute to a beautiful woman and wonderful actress.  I love her.

Jul 22, 2008 03:28 PM #13
Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

I used to enjoy that show a lot. I think this show really made older people seem more real and accessible.

Jul 23, 2008 01:38 PM #14
Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369

Stewart, Golden Girls was a great series, I still catch reruns once in a while. Estelle Getty was a hoot, the chemistry between the ladies was great. She will be missed.

Jul 23, 2008 03:04 PM #15
Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL

Sophia was always my favorite and it is sad to see Estelle go....she always reminded me of my Italian Grandma...I loved her spunk!

Jul 24, 2008 03:03 AM #16

Loved the show.  It was one of my favorites - sadly, today's programming doesn't compare...

Jul 25, 2008 03:19 AM #17
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