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Estelle Getty
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    (July 25, 1923-July 22, 2008)
    Birth Name is Estelle Scher
    Acted in 'Team-Mates (1978),' 'Tootsie (1982),' 'Mask (1985),' 'Mannequin (1987),' 'Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)' and 'Stuart Little (1999)'
    Portrayed Sophia Spirelli Petrillo-Weinstock on 'Golden Girls'
    Her nicknames were Stella and Ettle.
    Her Broadway tour was in Los Angeles.
    On 'Golden Girls' she played Mother to Bea Arthur, who is actually older than her.
    She said kids particularly like her because they may think of her as an 'old kid,' due to her petiteness.
    She said she has been discriminated against for her height (4'9').
    There is some kind of cult following in her name where a 'Getty Go Getters Group' likes to wear a mask of her and fight crime, among other things.
    She aged nicely.
    She was big hearted.
    She had Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
    Her official site has Flash Player.
    She is an American Comedy Award winner.
    She has been described as 'bawdy, sassy, meddlesome, endearing and deadpan funny.'
    She portrayed an on-screen mother to handfuls of celebrities.
    She performed on the 'borscht belt' circuit and Yiddish Stage, which she gave up to raise her two children.
    She was involved with various charities, including AIDS and Alternative Living for the Aging's spokesperson.
    She performed/toured on Broadway.
    Related: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Dinah Manoff, Kristy McNichol, David Leisure, Park Overall, Marsha Warfield, Cheech Marin

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