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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

December 21
'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.
Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas
Tired of Christmas shopping in the heat, the girls decide to buy gifts for the one person they pick from a hat. Later, they serve Christmas dinner to the homeless, including a recently homeless Stan.Guest Star: Herb Edelman
A Piece of Cake
While preparing for a friend's birthday party, the girls recall past birthdays, including Rose's surprise party for Dorothy, a surprise birthday party for Blanche, and Sophia's birthday involving her late husband, Sal.
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk. However, his strange behavior signals that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
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.
Bringing Up Baby
Rose is shocked when her late-uncle's will leaves her his "Baby," and delighted to learn the "baby" is a pig. Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia are less thrilled until they learn that when Baby dies, Rose gets a large sum of money.
The Housekeeper
The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. But when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convinces the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.
December 25
'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.
December 27
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.
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.
A Visit From Little Sven
Rose's cousin, Sven, arrives in Miami for a visit just prior to his arranged marriage. When Blanche plays a trick on her latest beau, involving Sven, the naive groom falls for her. Sophia tries to renew her driver's license.
The Audit
Dorothy is stunned to learn that Stan's tax problems are her tax problems since Stan is being audited for a number of years when they were still married. Blanche and Rose take a Spanish class, each for different reasons.
Three on a Couch
Constant bickering causes the girls to seek help from a therapist. This prompts the girls to reminisce about times they didn't get along. The therapist's conclusion: they should not live with one another.
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
When Rose must give a eulogy at her aunt's funeral, she has to try to get over her fear of giving speeches. This also brings up Dorothy and Blanche's biggest fears: Dorothy's of flying and Blanche's of a recurring dream.