We love us some Golden Girls here at GiggleSugar, so it was very sad to hear that Estelle Getty, my favorite Golden Girl, passed away yesterday, three days before her 85th birthday. Estelle got her start in the Yiddish theater and as a comedian in the Catskills' "Borscht Belt." Her star began to rise when she played Harvey Fierstein's mother in the Broadway production of Torch Song Trilogy, but it was her role as the wise-cracking, take-no-prisoners Sophia on The Golden Girls that made her a comic legend. Kvetching and bitching, Sophia gave as good as she got and made being a senior citizen look cool. "Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her," Bea Arthur was reported as saying in the LA Times. Betty White, who played Rose on the show, said "The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us."
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