America lost a true comedic legend in 2008, Estelle Getty who was best known as the wise cracking italian mother Sophia on Golden Girls.
People assume that I’m wiser than I am because I’m somewhat successful. Age does not bring you wisdom, age brings you wrinkles. If you’re dumb when you’re young, you’re going to be dumb when you’re old.
Born Estelle Scher-Gettleman in 1923, NY She was the daughter of Jewish immigrants from Poland. Married to Arthur Gettleman in 1947, she had two sons Carl and Barry. Starting her career on stage she starred in : Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit, All My Sons and Death of a Salesman to name a few.
Then at age 62 she transitioned to television with Golden Girls which became a hit in the 1980s and won her an Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Supporting Actress. She also played Sophia on Empty Nest, The Golden Palace, Nurses and Blossom. During the golden years she wrote an autobiography If I knew then What I know now.. So what?
She did a few movies: Mask 1985, Stop or My Mom will Shoot 1992 and Torch Song Trilogy ( she starred in the play on broadway toward the start of her career).
In 2000, misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (She had Dementia) she left the spotlight of acting. Just three days from her 85th birthday she passed. Information from Wikepedia and IMBD.