Posts Tagged ‘Estelle Getty’

Rue McClanahan Obituary

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

OBITUARY

‘Golden Girl’ Rue McClanahan dies

 

 

Associated Press
June 3, 2010

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 76.

 

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Click below to see Blanche and the Lebanese / Lesbian

 

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Estelle Getty’s Grave is Marked

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

The grave of Golden Girl, Estelle Getty, is finally marked!

 

Estelle Getty 

 

Click here to see what her grave looked like back in August

 

 

Estelle Getty marker

 

 

Estelle Getty marker 

 

Click below for an example of Estelle Getty’s comedic talent

 

 

 

Thanks Louis for the heads-up!

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Estelle Getty is Getting Her Marker

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

Estelle Getty’s marker is being installed

 

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By Allan R. Ellenberger
August 1, 2009

 

It’s been a little over a year since comedian Estelle Getty died and it appears that she is finally getting a marker on her grave at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Getty, who died on July 22, 2008 is best known as the cranky but lovable, Sophia Petrillo on the classic NBC sit0com, The Golden Girls

 

Estelle Getty marker

 

The cement base for the marker was being poured today. According to cemetery employees, the marker may be completed within two weeks or perhaps sooner. Rest in Peace Estelle!

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Bea Arthur Obituary

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

OBITUARY

Bea Arthur, star of ‘Golden Girls’ and ‘Maude,’ dies at 86

 

 Bea Arthur

 (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

 

The noted Broadway actress and TV star known for her sharp-tongued characters died of cancer at her home in Los Angeles.

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By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2009

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Beatrice Arthur, best known as the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear’s sitcom “Maude” and as the strong-willed Dorothy Zbornak on the long-running “The Golden Girls,” died today. She was 86.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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In Memoriam…

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

AMPAS HISTORY

IN MEMORIAM

 

Just a few of the stars who passed away last year that were not mentioned in last evenings Academy Award ceremony.

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Lest we forget…

 

Ann Savage

ANN SAVAGE (1921-2008)

 

Eartha Kitt

EARTHA KITT (1927-2008)

 

Sam Bottoms

SAM BOTTOMS (1955-2008)

 

 

Robert Prosky

ROBERT PROSKY (1930-2008)

 

Beverly Garland

BEVERLY GARLAND (1926-2008)

 

Irving Brecher

IRVING BRECHER (1914-2008)

 

Yma Sumac

YMA SUMAC (1922-2008)

  

Edie Adams

 EDIE ADAMS (1927-2008)

 

Anita Page

ANITA PAGE (1910 – 2008)

 

Fred Crane

FRED CRANE (1918-2008)

 

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ESTELLE GETTY (1923-2008)

 

George Carlin

GEORGE CARLIN (1937-2008)

 

Harvey Korman

HARVEY KORMAN (1927-2008)

 

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Estelle Getty at Hollywood Forever…

Monday, August 25th, 2008

HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY

 Estelle Getty

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: July 25, 1923, New York, New York
  • DIED: July 22, 2008, Hollywood, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lewy Body disease
  • BURIAL: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Plains of Abraham (Sec. 14), Row CC, Grave 88

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Getty’s temporary marker

 

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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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Obit…Estelle Getty

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Estelle Getty of ‘Golden Girls’ dies at age 84

 

 

 

By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press

 

Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV’s The Golden Girls, has died. She was 84.

 

Getty, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

 

“She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents,” her son said. “She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived.”

 

The Golden Girls, featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff’s belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

 

Three of its stars had already appeared in previous series: Bea Arthur in Maude, Betty White in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rue McClanahan in Mama’s Family. The last character to be cast was Sophia Petrillo, the feisty 80-something mother of Arthur’s character.

 

 

 

When she auditioned, Getty was appearing on stage in Hollywood as the carping Jewish mother in Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch Song Trilogy. In her early 60s, she flunked her Golden Girls test twice because it was believed she didn’t look old enough to play 80.

 

“I could understand that,” she told an interviewer a year after the show debuted. “I walk fast, I move fast, I talk fast.”

 

She came prepared for the third audition, however, wearing dowdy clothes and telling an NBC makeup artist, “To you this is just a job. To me it’s my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80.” The artist did, Getty got the job and won two Emmys.

 

It culminated a long struggle for success during which Getty worked low-paying office jobs to help support her family while she tried to make it as a stage actress.

 

“I knew I could be seduced by success in another field, so I’d say, ‘Don’t promote me, please,'” she recalled.

 

She also appeared in small parts in a handful of films and TV movies during that time, including Tootsie, Deadly Force and Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.

 

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. Other credits included Mannequin and Stuart Little (as the voice of Grandma Estelle).

 

The Golden Girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992, was an immediate hit, and Sophia, who began as a minor character, soon evolved into a major one.

 

Audiences particularly loved the verbal zingers Getty would hurl at the other three. When McClanahan’s libidinous character Blanche once complained that her life was an open book, Sophia shot back, “Your life’s an open blouse.”

 

Getty had gained a knack for one-liners in her late teens when she did standup comedy at a Catskills hotel. Female comedians were rare in those days, however, and she bombed.

 

Undeterred, she continued to pursue a career in entertainment, and while her parents were encouraging, her father also insisted that she learn office skills so she would have something to fall back on.

 

Born Estelle Scher to Polish immigrants in New York, Getty fell in love with theater when she saw a vaudeville show at age 4.

 

She married New York businessman Arthur Gettleman (the source of her stage name) in 1947, and they had two sons, Carl and Barry. The marriage prevailed despite her long absences on the road and in The Golden Girls.

 

Getty was evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was “under 5 feet and under 100 pounds.”

 

In addition to her son Carl, Getty is survived by son Barry Gettleman, of Miami; a brother, David Scher of London; and a sister, Rosilyn Howard of Las Vegas.

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