Estelle Getty’s Funeral…

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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7 Responses to “Estelle Getty’s Funeral…”

  1. TAZZ says:

    I WILL MISS HER SHE WAS A SWEETY, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE GOLDEN GIRLS AND STILL AM, EVERY DAY,,,,,,,,,
    MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

  2. Pinky says:

    Estelle was a great actress, I loved her in everything that she was in. She will be surely missed.REST IN PEACE ESTELLE.

  3. anne dalton says:

    estelle getty was a credit to actors & actresses in hollywood she always made people laugh all the time. she was so sweet.

  4. Shawn Richards says:

    I will miss Estelle. She is a very hilarious person. Although I was really small when The Golden Girls was being aired I was saddened to hear that she had passed on.

  5. Jeffray says:

    Estelle put the gold in Golden Girls!

  6. Mimi says:

    Estelle was very sweet. I’m shire my 2 Sisters look her up as there sweet Mama. Now my Sisters are very sweet even Sister Ona is . But 1 of is hitting very hard times. I need money I have no job I’m disable I been that way at birth. Every time I try working I would had a bad Convalshions. End up on the floor bleeding. So that it. But I’m a hard worker.

  7. Suzanna Eckchum says:

    Estelle was such a gifted actress and what a funny lady! I never missed The Golden Girls and The Golden Palace! She made the show!! I still watch The Golden Girls, she always brought laughter into my heart! What a grand lady!! Thank you Estelle for the memories that will live on forever!! ❤️❤️❤️

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