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Birth information

25 July 1923 Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

22 July 2008 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Estelle Scher

Nickname

Stella
Ettle
Slats

How tall is Estelle Getty?

1.49 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Arthur Gettleman

Life Story of Estelle Getty

She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like one-liners. Blunt and down-to-earth off-stage as she was on-, she scored big points with both the young and the old...and all those who fell in between. The middle-class masses and society's underdogs deemed Estelle one of their own. The star who had a hard time playing the star card also taught an earnest lesson to the millions of actor wannabes that it was never too late to get into the big leagues, pursue your dream and come out a winner. After nearly five decades of stage work, she achieved "overnight" stardom at age 62. Ill health forced her retirement in 2000 after only a decade and a half of celebrity. Yet even something as sinister as Lewy body dementia, a degenerative brain disease, couldn't take away her indomitable spirit and feistiness. The affliction, which slowly clouds then erases the memory banks, should have claimed her a couple of years after its detection, but she proved...

Significant features of Estelle Getty

Short stature

What movies did Estelle Getty play or participate?

Actors Filmography
It's Like, You Know... (2001) Estelle Getty, Ladies Man (2000) Sophia Gates, The Million Dollar Kid (2000) Sister Rosanne, Stuart Little (1999) Grandma Estelle, The Sissy Duckling (1999) Mrs. Hennypecker, The Nanny (1998) Estelle Getty, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1997) Aunt Jane, Mad About You (1997) Aunt Ida / Paul's Aunt, A Match Made in Heaven (1997) Betty Weston, Brotherly Love (1996) Myrna Burwell, Touched by an Angel (1996) Dottie, Empty Nest (1995) Sophia Petrillo, Nurses (1993) Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Palace (1993) Sophia Petrillo, The Golden...

Birth information

25 July 1923 Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

22 July 2008 Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Estelle Scher

Nickname

Stella
Ettle
Slats

How tall is Estelle Getty?

1.49 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Arthur Gettleman

Life Story of Estelle Getty

She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like one-liners. Blunt and down-to-earth off-stage as she was on-, she scored big points with both the young and the old...and all those who fell in between. The middle-class masses and society's underdogs deemed Estelle one of their own. The star who had a hard time playing the star card also taught an earnest lesson to the millions of actor wannabes that it was never too late to get into the big leagues, pursue your dream and come out a winner. After nearly five decades of stage work, she achieved "overnight" stardom at age 62. Ill health forced her retirement in 2000 after only a decade and a half of celebrity. Yet even something as sinister as Lewy body dementia, a degenerative brain disease, couldn't take away her indomitable spirit and feistiness. The affliction, which slowly clouds then erases the memory banks, should have claimed her a couple of years after its detection, but she proved...

Significant features of Estelle Getty

Short stature

What movies did Estelle Getty play or participate?

Actors Filmography
It's Like, You Know... (2001) Estelle Getty, Ladies Man (2000) Sophia Gates, The Million Dollar Kid (2000) Sister Rosanne, Stuart Little (1999) Grandma Estelle, The Sissy Duckling (1999) Mrs. Hennypecker, The Nanny (1998) Estelle Getty, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (1997) Aunt Jane, Mad About You (1997) Aunt Ida / Paul's Aunt, A Match Made in Heaven (1997) Betty Weston, Brotherly Love (1996) Myrna Burwell, Touched by an Angel (1996) Dottie, Empty Nest (1995) Sophia Petrillo, Nurses (1993) Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Palace (1993) Sophia Petrillo, The Golden...

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Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

Getty played mother to Bea Arthur on The Golden Girls (1985), however, Bea is actually 15½ months older than Estelle.

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Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

Getty's career actually began when she was much younger on the Borscht Belt circuit and Yiddish stage, but she gave it up to raise a family. She returned to acting much later and became a success on Broadway as Harvey Fierstein's meddling mom in "Torch Song Trilogy". It was the L.A. tour of this show that led to her being cast in The Golden Girls (1985), and at age 62, she became an "overnight" television star.

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Estelle Getty and Dennis Burkley in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

Retired in 2000 after revealing she had health issues. In the mid 1990s, she was misdiagnosed with Parkinson's disease. By the end of the 1990s, she was misdiagnosed again, this time with Alzheimer's disease. Later, she was correctly diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, which has similar symptoms to both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

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Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

She played the same character (Sophia Spirelli Petrillo-Weinstock) on five different television series: The Golden Palace (1992), The Golden Girls (1985), Nurses (1991), Empty Nest (1988), and Blossom (1990).

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During a brief reunion in November 2004 with The Golden Girls (1985) co-stars Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur, it was reported on television by the ladies that Estelle was suffering from severe dementia.

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She had two sons with her husband, Arthur: Carl Gettleman and Barry Gettleman.

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Her parents, Sarah (Lacher) and Charles Scher, were Polish Jewish immigrants. She had two siblings, a brother, David, and a sister, Rosilyn.

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She was nicknamed "Slats" by her The Golden Girls (1985) co-stars because of her short height and light weight.

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Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

In 1991, as later reported in Star magazine, Getty helped her 29-year-old nephew Steven Scher, who was suffering from the final stages of AIDS and near death. Because his parents lived in England and his friends were no longer able to care for him in Greensboro, North Carolina, Getty took it upon herself to have him flown to California and admitted to hospice care. He died in January 1992.

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Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

She died from Lewy body dementia at her home in Hollywood, only three days before her 85th birthday. She was survived by her two sons and two grandchildren.

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Following her death, she was interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.

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Attended and graduated from Seward Park High School in New York City.

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Estelle Getty and Dennis Burkley in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

Is the only one of the four 'Golden Girls', who appeared in a film nominated for Best Picture Oscar, she appeared in Tootsie (1982).

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Estelle Getty and Dennis Burkley in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

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Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

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Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

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Estelle Getty, J.W. 'Corkey' Fornof, Charles Renneisen, etc.

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Estelle Getty in Golden Girls (1985)

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Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur in Golden Girls (1985)

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Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur in Golden Girls (1985)

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George Clooney, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White in Golden Girls (1985)

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Estelle Getty and Frances Bay in Golden Girls (1985)

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Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty in Stop! Oder meine Mami schießt! (1992)

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Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Betty White in Golden Girls (1985)

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Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur, and Betty White in Golden Girls (1985)

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