Estelle Getty

Estelle Getty

Highest Rated: 93% Mask (1985)

Lowest Rated: 7% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)

Birthday: Jul 25, 1923

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

The petite, wisecracking embodiment of the "44-year overnight sensation," stage veteran Estelle Getty became a television star at an age when most performers were contemplating retirement. Playing the sharp-tongued, hilariously blunt octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992), Getty easily stole scenes from co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White in this groundbreaking hit sitcom, which cheerfully upended viewers' perceptions of senior citizens. For Getty, a television newcomer then little-known outside theatrical circles, becoming a series regular on "The Golden Girls" established her as Hollywood's go-to comic actress for overbearing mother roles. As she wrote in her 1988 autobiography, If I Knew Then What I Know Now So What?, "I've played Irish mothers, Jewish mothers, Italian mothers, Southern mothers -- I've played mother to everyone but Attila the Hun."

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 15% Fortune Hunters Sister Rosanne (Character) - 2000
67% 41% Stuart Little Grandma Estelle (Character) $140M 1999
78% 71% A Match Made in Heaven Betty Weston (Character) - 1997
7% 21% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Tutti Bomowski (Character) $26.6M 1992
21% 55% Mannequin Claire Timkin (Character) $34.9M 1987
No Score Yet 82% Copacabana Bella Stern (Character) - 1985
93% 83% Mask Evelyn (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Man's Land Eurol Muller (Character) - 1984
90% 81% Tootsie Middle-Aged Woman (Character) - 1982

TV

Credit
8% No Score Yet Ladies Man Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Paul's Aunt (Guest Star) 1997
86% No Score Yet Brotherly Love Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crew Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Empty Nest Sophia Petrillo (Character) 1993-1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nurses Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
75% No Score Yet The Golden Palace Unknown (Character) 1992-1993
No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo (Character) 1985-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Unknown (Character),
Guest
1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1984

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