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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 8
7:48am
The Truth Will Out
Rose is apprehensive about a visit from her daughter and granddaughter, since their reason for coming is to settle Rose's late-husband's will. Meanwhile, Blanche gets caught up in the tabloids of a society murder.
TV-PG
8:24am
Nice and Easy
Blanche's visiting niece is a chip right off the old block when she dates a different man all night every night. Dorothy does battle with a mouse living in the house.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Operation
Dorothy is hesitant about having foot surgery just as she was scheduled to tap dance with Blanche and Rose at a dance recital.
TV-PG
9:36am
Second Motherhood
Blanche is romanced by a wealthy suitor who she learns has several small children. This fact dampens his proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose go to bat with the bathroom plumbing.
TV-PG
10:12am
Adult Education
Blanche's professor sexually harasses her when he asks for help on a difficult test. If she has sex with him, he'll give her an "A." Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia each try to get tickets for a sold out Frank Sinatra concert.
TV-PG
10:48am
The Flu
A week before an awards ceremony, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose each come down with a nasty flu, which compounds their arguing over who will win a prestigious award.
TV-PG
11:24am
Job Hunting
Rose loses her job at the grief center and begins searching for other sources of work. Meanwhile, Blanche tries to lose a few pounds and Dorothy is excited when a man she once had a crush on contacts her and asks her out.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Blanche's Little Girl
Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has gained quite a bit of weight. Visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts her down. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.
TV-PG
12:30pm
Mother's Day
While waiting for phone calls from their children wishing them a happy Mother's Day, the girls reminisce about past Mother's Days.
TV-PG
1:00pm
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
1:30pm
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
2:00pm
Mary Has a Little Lamb
The girls take in a 15-year-old girl who has just found out she's pregnant and scared to tell her father. Meanwhile, Blanche's prison pen pal has just been released and is looking for her.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Blanche Delivers
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, comes to Miami and wants to give birth in a birthing center. Blanche doesn't want to be embarrassed by the fact that her daughter was artificially inseminated.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy
Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy" (nanny) but doesn’t want to speak to her. Meanwhile, Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy, who experiences a date with a convict.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Mother Load
Blanche begins dating a newscaster who has another woman interfering in his life: his mother. Meanwhile, Stan asks Dorothy to attend a counseling session with him. Once there, Stan begins begging Dorothy to take him back.
TV-PG
Monday
May 9
3:00am
Second Motherhood
Blanche is romanced by a wealthy suitor who she learns has several small children. This fact dampens his proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose go to bat with the bathroom plumbing.
TV-PG
3:30am
Blanche's Little Girl
Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has gained quite a bit of weight. Visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts her down. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.
TV-PG
4:00am
Mother's Day
While waiting for phone calls from their children wishing them a happy Mother's Day, the girls reminisce about past Mother's Days.
TV-PG
4:30am
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
5:00am
Blanche Delivers
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, comes to Miami and wants to give birth in a birthing center. Blanche doesn't want to be embarrassed by the fact that her daughter was artificially inseminated.
TV-PG
5:30am
Mother Load
Blanche begins dating a newscaster who has another woman interfering in his life: his mother. Meanwhile, Stan asks Dorothy to attend a counseling session with him. Once there, Stan begins begging Dorothy to take him back.
TV-PG
Sunday
May 15
7:48am
Blind Ambitions
Rose's sister, Lily must deal with life as a blind person after recently losing her sight. Meanwhile, the girls hold a garage sale in order to buy a new TV but find it hard to part with things.
TV-PG
8:24am
Big Daddy
Blanche's father, Big Daddy, visits and announces he's sold the family plantation and is setting out to become a country singer. Sophia places a "curse" on a neighbor who won’t remove his tree that fell onto the lanai.
TV-PG
9:00am
The Way We Met
One night after watching "Psycho," the girls find it hard to sleep so they stay up and reminisce about how they all came to live with one another.
TV-PG
9:36am
End of the Curse
Blanche is mortified after taking a pregnancy test which indicates she's pregnant. After visiting her doctor, she learns the truth that she's beginning menopause. Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia go into the mink breeding business.
TV-PG
10:12am
Ladies of the Evening
The house is fumigated and the girls move into a Miami Beach hotel. Dressed up to attend a Burt Reynolds movie premiere, the girls are caught in a hotel raid, mistaken as prostitutes, and dragged off to jail.
TV-PG
10:48am
Take Him, He's Mine
Dorothy dumps a depressed Stan on Blanche, but then becomes incredibly jealous when Blanche and Stan hit it off. Sophia and Rose begin selling sandwiches on the Boardwalk but inadvertently make an enemy of another vendor.
TV-PG
11:24am
It's a Miserable Life
The girls circulate a petition to save a 200 year old oak tree which is located on the property of the most hated woman in the neighborhood, Frieda Claxton, who wants the tree cut down.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Isn't It Romantic
Dorothy's friend Jean comes to visit and Dorothy doesn’t tell Blanche and Rose that Jean is a lesbian. After spending time with Rose, Jean begins to fall for her. Meanwhile, a new VCR prompts Sophia to rent "dirty movies."
TV-PG
12:30pm
Big Daddy's Little Lady
Blanche's father comes to Miami for a visit and announces he's engaged. Blanche is thrilled until she meets his fiancee, who happens to be younger than her. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose enter a Miami song writing contest.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Family Affair
Dorothy's son, Michael, and Rose's daughter, Bridget, each come to Miami for a visit and they become a little too friendly for Dorothy and Rose's liking. Meanwhile, Blanche hurts her back in aerobics class.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Vacation
The girls' dream vacation in the Caribbean turns out to be far from what was advertised in the brochure. While the girls are away, Sophia romances the gardener.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Joust Between Friends
Dorothy is searching for part-time work, so Blanche gets her a job at the museum. Then Dorothy is handed the job of organizing a banquet, the duty Blanche was hoping for. Meanwhile, Rose finds a stray dog at the supermarket.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Love, Rose
Rose places an ad in the personals column and she is let down when she doesn't hear an immediate response. This leads Blanche and Dorothy to begin responding under the name Isaac Newton.
TV-PG
3:00pm
'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Sisters
For Sophia's birthday, Dorothy flies in her sister, Angela, from Sicily as a surprise. However, Dorothy's the one who’s surprised when Sophia's reaction is that of disgust.
TV-PG