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Published:July 23rd, 2008 20:02 EST
Golden Girl Estelle Getty Passes Away

Golden Girl Estelle Getty Passes Away

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Diminutive actress Estelle Getty, who found fame late in life with her portrayal of a sharp-tongued Sicilian mother on "The Golden Girls," died Tuesday.

The 84-year-old passed away at her Los Angeles home following a long battle with Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disease.

Getty, who stood under 5 feet tall, won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo, a meddling mom spending her twilight years with her middle-aged daughter and two roommates on `The Golden Girls.`"

Quotation from NYDailyNews.Com

Estelle lived a long and fruitful life, this is not a time to mourn her passing but to celebrate her achievements. I didn`t think I would find a sit-com based on the lives of elderly ladies interesting, but I loved the show and I still watch the re-runs.

Estelle didn`t find fame until she was in her 60`s, it`s never to late to start work on the Great American Novel or to embark on a new adventure. Elderly persons shouldn`t be shunted aside, they can make a contribution to their friends, family and to society.

Estelle`s wisecracks on the Golden Girls always got the biggest laughs; she`s probably in The Big Studio In The Sky trading quips with Milton Berle.