Estelle Getty z”l

Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on TV’s The Golden Girls, has died. She was 84.

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She was born Estelle Scher to Polish Jewish immigrants who worked in the glass business. Getty got her start in the
Yiddish theater
and also as a comedienne in the Catskills borscht belt resorts, and her most important stage role was playing Harvey Fierstein’s mother on Broadway in the play
Torch Song Trilogy
. (MORE)

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