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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Estelle Getty, Rest In Peace

Actress Estelle Getty has died. BBC:

    Getty, whose role as the sarcastic pensioner [on television's "Golden Girls" sitcom series] won her an Emmy award, had been suffering from advanced dementia.

    Her son, Carl Gettleman, said she was "one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived".

    Apart from the Golden Girls, Getty's credits included films like Mannequin and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

    According to her official website, the actress was born Estelle Scher in the Lower East Side of New York City after her parents emigrated to the US from Poland.

    But the actress faced a long struggle for success, working in poorly-paid office jobs to help support her family while she tried to make her big break.

    "I knew I could be seduced by success in another field, so I'd say, 'don't promote me, please,"' she later recalled.

    After trying her hand at stand-up comedy - later calling it "her biggest mistake" - she began to land a smattering of films and TV roles, including parts in Tootsie and Deadly Force.

    But it was The Golden Girls which made her a household name and saw her nominated for an Emmy seven times.

Full Filmography here.

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