Yesterday was truly a sad day for fans of The Golden Girls, and lovers of life the World over. July 22nd marked the passing of a great actress, wife, and mother. Estelle Getty was the glue that held together the often feuding Floridian glamour girls of the small screen.
She began her career in New York Yiddish theater and worked as a comedienne in the borscht belt resorts of the Catskills. Estelle won multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo, the sharp-tongued mother of Bea Arthur’s character, Dorothy Zbornack. She was also the author of the book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… So What?
In honor of Estelle, Lifetime TV, will air ten episodes of The Golden Girls featuring the best of Sophia on Friday, July 25. Fans can vote for their favorite episode on Lifetime’s website. I hope that you take the time to watch at least one episode as a way to mark the passing of a beautiful soul.
Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles ~ Estelle Getty