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