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The Golden Girls

Estelle Getty

Sophia Petrillo

Actress Estelle Getty stars as Sophia Petrillo on the hit show The Golden Girls.

Getty was born in 1923 in New York. Her career began with a part in the 1978 film Team-Mates, and she landed the famous role of Sophia while she was in Los Angeles on tour for the play Torch Song Trilogy, in which she played Harvey Fierstein's mother.

Getty reprised her Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role of Sophia on The Golden Palace and Empty Nest. Some of her other television credits include Newhart, Blossom, Mad About You and Cagney & Lacey.

She appeared in films such as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot with Sylvester Stallone, Mask with Cher, Tootsie, Mannequin, and Stuart Little.

Estelle Getty passed away in 2008 in Los Angeles.

The Golden Girls TV Schedule

Sunday
May 31
6:00am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
6:36am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
7:12am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it's discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
7:48am
Little Sister
Rose's sister, Holly, comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, leaving Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend, Dorothy and Blanche refuse to believe her.
TV-PG
8:24am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
9:00am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG
9:30am
Foreign Exchange
Sophia's Sicilian friends Philomena and Dominic come for a visit with shocking news. Philomena and Sophia met in the hospital when they were giving birth, and now Philomena and Dominic claim that Dorothy was switched at birth.
TV-PG
10:07am
We're Outta Here Part 1
Blanche, Dorothy and Rose return home to discover Sophia in the midst of selling the house. A for sale sign was placed on the front lawn accidentally, but Blanche begins to consider it after seeing the amount that she's offered.
TV-PG
10:44am
We're Outta Here Part 2
Blanche debates on whether or not to sell the house as she and the rest of the girls recall times they have spent together (via flashbacks).
TV-PG
Monday
June 1
1:20am
72 Hours
Rose discovers that she may have contracted HIV from the blood used in her gallbladder operation. What really gets to her, though, is the 72 hours she must wait for the results. Dorothy organizes a Save the Swamplands charity.
TV-PG
2:00am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
2:30am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
3:00am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it's discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
3:30am
Little Sister
Rose's sister, Holly, comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, leaving Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend, Dorothy and Blanche refuse to believe her.
TV-PG
4:00am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
4:30am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG
Sunday
June 7
6:00am
Foreign Exchange
Sophia's Sicilian friends Philomena and Dominic come for a visit with shocking news. Philomena and Sophia met in the hospital when they were giving birth, and now Philomena and Dominic claim that Dorothy was switched at birth.
TV-PG
6:36am
Sick and Tired Part 1
Dorothy is feeling rundown and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel. Guest Stars: Jeffrey Tambor
TV-PG
7:12am
Sick and Tired Part 2
Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge, resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling. Guest Stars: Richard Mulligan
TV-PG
7:48am
The Accurate Conception
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, has some wonderful news. She's going to become a mother through artificial insemination. However, Blanche is less then thrilled. She's totally against the entire thing.
TV-PG
8:24am
Rose Fights Back
When the company that Rose's husband worked for cuts off their pension plan, Rose has to get a new job, but never expects to have to deal with age discrimination. Sophia goes wild buying in bulk at Shopper's Warehouse.
TV-PG
9:00am
Love Under the Big Top
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer and assumes he's about to propose. But it turns out he's planning to become a circus clown. Rose and Blanche organize a protest to save dolphins. Guest Star: Dick Van Dyke
TV-PG
9:30am
Dancing in the Dark
Rose has been dating Miles Webber, a college professor. When Miles invites her to a party, Rose feels like a fish out of water with his intelligent friends. Meanwhile, Blanche battles a dating slump. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG