Archive for July 24th, 2008

Estelle Getty’s Funeral…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Estelle Getty remembered as funny, feisty, frugal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Estelle Getty always liked a bargain.

 

Despite her sitcom success with The Golden Girls, son Carl Gettleman told friends and family gathered at a private memorial service Thursday that his mother always chose frugal over flashy. He recounted a time when his Emmy-winning mother’s Toyota Tercel was towed out of her assigned parking space at The Golden Girls production lot because security thought someone else had parked there.

 

“The Great Depression left an indelible impression on mom,” Gettleman said.

 

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home. She was 84.

 

The diminutive actress was best known for her role as wisecracking Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992 on NBC. When she auditioned for the show, Getty was appearing on stage as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch Song Trilogy in Hollywood.

 

After her success in The Golden Girls, other roles came her way. She played Cher’s mother in Mask, Sylvester Stallone’s in Stop or My Mom Will Shoot and Barry Manilow’s in the TV film Copacabana. She also played the feisty department store owner in Mannequin and voiced the character Grandma Estelle in Stuart Little on the big screen.

 

“While the biographies of some celebrities are suffused with torrid love affairs, bouts of alcoholism and/or drug abuse, lavish lifestyles, epic battles with studio heads and co-stars, what had made mom so universally relatable is that she lived a life that people could completely identify with,” said Gettleman. “You can see it in the family photographs.”

 

Other speakers at the funeral included Getty’s other son Barry, her longtime assistant Richard and Golden Girls executive producer Tony Thomas. Her Golden Girls co-stars Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White were not in attendance at the intimate service inside the chapel at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

 

“We loved her dearly,” said Thomas. “She made the so-so jokes good, the good jokes great and the great jokes out of this world.”

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‘X-Files” Premiere at Grauman’s…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

‘X-Files: I Want to Believe’ Celebrating World Premiere in Hollywood

   

 

 

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The forthcoming sci-fi mystery movie has just rolled down its red carpet in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood on July 23 to mark its world premiere celebration.


 

Two days before The X-Files: I Want to Believe is debuting in the theaters across the U.S., the 20th Century Fox held a very special event celebrating the world premiere of the highly anticipated sci-fi movie of this summer. The first special screening event was held on Wednesday, July 23, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

 

The celebration which is open for all X-Philes saw some of its star cast ensemble grazing the red carpet, including Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Xzibit and Amanda Peet. Aside from the cast, the movie’s two key people, director/writer Chris Carter and producer/writer Frank Spotnitz were also making an appearance at the red carpet. Other celebrities spotted coming for the event included Bai Ling and Madeline Zima.

 

Being the second film made in the spirit of the ’90s hit television series The X-Files, I Want to Believe picks up a stand alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes. The movie will reunite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully, to investigate a new and inexplicable phenomena in which involving the disappearance a group of women. Coming to theaters this Friday, July 25, it is said to also put the complicated relationship between the two agents to an unexpected direction.

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