Richest CelebritiesActors
Net Worth:
$8 Million
Date of Birth:
Jul 25, 1923 - Jul 22, 2008 (84 years old)
Place of Birth:
New York City
4 ft 10 in (1.49 m)
Actor, Comedian
United States of America
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Estelle Getty was an American actress and comedian who had a net worth of $8 million at the time of her death. Estelle Getty was best known for playing Sophia Petrillo on the television sitcom "The Golden Girls." She reprised the role on the spinoff series "The Golden Palace" and "Empty Nest," as well as in episodes of the sitcoms "Blossom" and "Nurses." Getty appeared in the films Tootsie, Deadly Force, Mask, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Stuart Little, and more. She also appeared in episodes of the TV series Fantasy Island, Cagney & Lacey, Blossom, Touched by an Angel, Mad About You, The Nanny, and more. She won a Golden Globe Award for The Golden Girls in 1986 and a Primetime Emmy Award for the series in 1988. Estelle Getty passed away on July 22, 2008 at the age of 84.

Early Life and Education

Estelle Getty was born as Estelle Scher on July 25, 1923 in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Her parents were Sarah and Charles, Polish-Jewish immigrants who ran a glass business on the Lower East Side. Getty had a sister named Rosilyn and a brother named Samuel. On Friday nights, the family would go to the Academy of Music to watch a film and a live vaudeville show; this inspired Getty's passion for acting at an early age. For her education, she went to Seward Park High School.

Career Beginnings on Stage and Television

While working to become an actor, Getty took a job as a secretary. When she finally broke into acting, she appeared in a number of roles on the New York theater circuit. However, it wasn't until Getty was nearly 60 years old in 1982 that she achieved true stardom, playing Mrs. Beckoff in the Broadway show "Torch Song Trilogy." For her work, she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination.

During the four years she was on stage in "Torch Song Trilogy," Getty also made appearances on television. She appeared in episodes of "Baker's Dozen," "Fantasy Island," "Cagney & Lacey," "Hotel," and "Newhart." Additionally, Getty was in the television films "No Man's Land" and "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story."

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The Golden Girls

Getty's biggest and most famous role was on the NBC sitcom "The Golden Girls," which ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992. It centered on four older women living together in Miami, Florida; alongside Getty, the women were played by Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Rue McClanahan. Getty played Sophia Petrillo, the Italian-born mother of Arthur's character Dorothy. Notably, Getty was a year younger than Arthur, and relied on clothing, wigs, and makeup to make herself look older. For her work on "The Golden Girls," Getty earned Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Further Television Career

While "The Golden Girls" was still running, Getty made appearances in episodes of the sitcoms "Roomies," "City," and "The Fanelli Boys." She also reprised her role as Sophia Petrillo in an episode of the sitcom "Blossom." Getty would go on to reprise the role again in the "Golden Girls" spinoff series "The Golden Palace" and "Empty Nest." The former show, which reunited her with costars Betty White and Rue McClanahan, was ultimately canceled in 1993 after a single season. "Empty Nest" was more successful, running for seven seasons. Getty appeared in the final three seasons from 1993 to 1995.

Following the end of "Empty Nest," Getty appeared in episodes of the fantasy drama series "Touched by an Angel" and the sitcoms "Brotherly Love" and "Mad About You." She also lent her voice to an episode of the adult animated sitcom "Duckman," and appeared in the television film "A Match Made in Heaven." Getty's final television role of the 90s was a guest appearance as herself on the sitcom "The Nanny." She was in very few things after that; her final credit was another guest appearance as herself, this time on the sitcom "It's Like, You Know…" in 2001.

Film Career

Getty made her first appearance on the big screen in the 1978 film "Team-Mates." After a bit of a break, she returned in 1982 with a bit part in Sydney Pollack's comedy "Tootsie." The year after that, she played Gussie in the action film "Deadly Force." Getty's most substantial film role yet came in 1985 in Peter Bogdanovich's biographical drama "Mask," in which she played the mother of Cher's character. She had another major role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Mannequin," playing the owner of a department store. Getty starred alongside Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, and James Spader, among others.

Coming back to the big screen for the first time in five years, Getty starred opposite Sylvester Stallone in the 1992 buddy cop action comedy "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot." The film was panned by critics, and both Getty and Stallone received Razzie Awards for their performances. Getty's final film role was in the 1999 family comedy "Stuart Little," in which she played Grandma Estelle Little.

Personal Life and Death

In late 1947, Getty married Arthur Gettleman, with whom she had two sons named Carl and Barry. The couple remained married until Gettleman's passing in 2004.

Reportedly, Getty showed early signs of dementia during the filming of "The Golden Girls." She also had osteoporosis. Later in life, Getty was diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies. In July of 2008, she passed away from the disease at the age of 84.

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