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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

August 31
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.
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 him being married by arrangement. However, when Blanche plays a trick on her latest beau, which involves Sven, the naive groom falls for her. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to renew her driver's license.
September 6
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. Meanwhile, 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.
Charlie's Buddy
A wartime buddy of Rose's late husband arrives in Miami to see Rose. However, he has more in mind than just a friendly visit. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche haggle over the same dress to wear to a social event.
The Artist
Dorothy, Blanche and Rose each secretly pose nude for a Hungarian sculptor who will unveil the statue at an art show opening at a museum. Meanwhile, Sophia brushes up on practical jokes to get back a prankster at the Senior Citizens Center.
Blanche's Little Girl
Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has now gained quite a bit of weight. Also visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts down her weight. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.
Dorothy's New Friend
Dorothy befriends a novelist, Barbara Thorndyke, and she quickly infringes on Dorothy's relationship with Blanche and Rose, who think Barbara is nothing but a stuck up snob.