Posts Tagged ‘golden girls’

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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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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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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