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Estelle Getty

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

Monday
April 21
2:30am
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk whom she becomes quick friends with. However, his strange behavior signals that he has a medical condition, Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
3:00am
One for the Money
Sophia's latest get rich quick scheme prompts the girls to recall other various get rich quick schemes they've had over the years, including, catering, a dance marathon and a memory of Sophia's from 1954.
TV-PG
3:30am
Bringing Up Baby
Rose is shocked to learn that in her late-uncle's will he left her his "Baby". However she is quickly delighted to learn the "baby" is a pig but delighted is not a word to describe Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia, at least not until they learn that when Baby dies Rose gets a large sum of money.
TV-PG
4:00am
The Housekeeper
The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. However, when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convince the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.
TV-PG
4:30am
Empty Nests
In this pilot for another series (Empty Nest, obviously the concept was retooled), the girls' friend Renee is feeling depressed and lonely with her children grown up and moved out and her husband's workaholic habits.
TV-PG
Monday
April 28
3:00am
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
When Rose must give a eulogy at her aunt's funeral, Rose must try to get over her biggest fear in the world, giving speeches. This also brings up Dorothy and Blanche's biggest fears, Dorothy's of flying and Blanche's of a recurring dream.
TV-PG
3:30am
Letter to Gorbachev
Rose becomes concerned about nuclear war when girls in her cadet troop draw pictures of a bleak future. This prompts her to write letters to Gorbachev and Reagan. She's stunned when she gets a response and learns that Gorbechev would like to meet her.
TV-PG
4:00am
Strange Bedfellows
The girls try to help in a campaign to get Gil Kessler elected as local official. To his advantage, his chances of winning are boosted when reporters snap photos of Blanche entering his home one evening while his wife was away.
TV-PG
4:30am
Brotherly Love
Blanche makes a move at Ted, Stan's brother, the minute she learns he's a neurosurgeon. She is furious when she discovers the only woman Ted is apparently interested in is Dorothy. Meanwhile, Rose is suffering from insomnia.
TV-PG
Monday
May 5
2:30am
3:00am
3:30am
4:00am
4:30am