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We'll Miss You, Estelle Getty

We'll Miss You, Estelle Getty

Sad news this morning, Buzz readers: Estelle Getty (a.k.a. Sophia from The Golden Girls) has passed away at the age of 84.

Best known as Sophia, the snappy, sarcastic mother of Bea Arthur's character Dorothy, Getty endeared herself to audiences everywhere for being hilariously no-nonsense — effectivey shattering the stereotype of the sweet old lady. According to the AP, Getty initially didn't get the part of Sophia because "she didn't look old enough to play 80." She later told an interviewer, "I could understand that. I walk fast, I move fast, I talk fast."

The AP article also includes this interesting tidbit:

Getty had gained a knack for one-liners in her late teens when she did standup comedy at a Catskills hotel. Female comedians were rare in those days, however, and she bombed.

Well, thank goodness she wasn't discouraged from continuing in the business; we'll all remember her as hilarious, sarcastic and spunky. We'll miss you Estelle Getty.

To check out a clip montage of classic Sophia moments,



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ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
RIP Estelle! You will be missed! Sophia made Golden Girls!
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I am so sad :( I loved Golden Girls and Sophia was my fav. May she RIP :'(
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
Golden (sorry busted up my thumb so typing hurts right now!)
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
I Love(d) Sophia. Oh thank god we have re-runs and dvds box sets because Goldne Girls is a freakin CLASSIC because of Estelle!!!
habla2me habla2me 8 years
I will miss Estelle. I can remember being a little boy and watching the Golden Girls the first time it aired. As a little kid, I always got a kick out of the sassy granny. To date, I still watch the Golden Girls everyday after work, even though I've seen each episode at least a hundred times through the years. I will remember her with happy thoughts. My regards to her close friends and family. God bless you all.
fattiecat07 fattiecat07 8 years
Rest in Peace Estelle Getty!
carolinatrhlgrl carolinatrhlgrl 8 years
My mom and I will miss her dearly!! We both loved her! She was hilarious!! Our heart goes out to her family, she was truly loved and will be missed greatly!
frogger4968 frogger4968 8 years
I loved Sophia (Estelle Getty)! She was my favorite character on the Golden Girls! she will be dearly missed are hearts go out to her son she is know with her maker from the joslin family good by sophia we loved her remarks and her wit she was the best.
seekn2know seekn2know 8 years
P.S. Loved the video tribute very nicely done Thank You.
seekn2know seekn2know 8 years
Golden Girls was & still is one of my favorite shows. I love all the Characters. Estelle will be missed by many. She was a great Lady.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
oh. how sad. :( loved the video but could've done without the music.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Thank you for being a friend Traveled down the road and back again Your heart is true your a pal and a confidant. And if you through a party invited everyone you ever knew you would see the biggest gift would be from me and the card attached would say thank you for being a friend. Dooooo dooo do ooo dooo dooooooooooooooooooooo.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
oh no!! She was fantastic as Sophia and I liked her role in Mannequin as well! She will be missed!!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Ah, the memories. She was wonderful.
millarci millarci 8 years
OMG... I loved Sophia (Estelle Getty)! She was my favorite character on the Golden Girls! She will be missed. :(
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