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
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oh...she was SO VERY funny!

July 22, 2008 04:47 PM #1
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SouthBrevardBeachHomes.com
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That was a great show. It was awful what she had become in the last couple of years.

July 22, 2008 04:51 PM #2
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Kyle Vaughn
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Bummer.  Those old ladies cracked me up...

July 22, 2008 04:51 PM #3
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Shar Rundio
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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.

July 22, 2008 04:58 PM #4
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Rob Arnold
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She was very funny.  Too bad. A least she lived a long full life.

July 22, 2008 05:08 PM #5
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Steve Shatsky
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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. 

July 22, 2008 06:02 PM #6
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
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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. 

July 22, 2008 06:12 PM #7
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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.

July 22, 2008 07:25 PM #8
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Valerie Osterhoudt
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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.

July 22, 2008 08:25 PM #9
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Valerie - I think she was outstanding in the show. She delivered her lines brilliantly.

July 22, 2008 08:33 PM #10
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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.

July 22, 2008 08:35 PM #11
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Susan Mangigian
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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.

July 22, 2008 10:25 PM #12
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Bob Cumiskey
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Stewart, What a great tribute to a beautiful woman and wonderful actress.  I love her.

July 22, 2008 10:29 PM #13
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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.

July 23, 2008 08:38 PM #14
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Debbie Malone
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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.

July 23, 2008 10:04 PM #15
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
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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!

July 24, 2008 10:03 AM #16
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Loved the show.  It was one of my favorites - sadly, today's programming doesn't compare...

July 25, 2008 10:19 AM #17
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