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Estelle Getty: Thank You For Being Alive

7/22/2008 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Golden Girl" Estelle Getty has gone to the big lanai in the sky and died at the age of 84, just three days shy of her 85th birthday.

Estelle passed away at 5:35 AM this morning at her L.A. home surrounded by her family and caregivers. Getty had been suffering for years with Lewy Body Dementia.

Although one year younger than Bea Arthur, Estelle is best known for playing her wise-cracking Sicilian mother Sophia Petrillo on "The Golden Girls." Co-star Betty White is also one year older than Estelle.

Getty is survived by her two adult sons.

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181.

Rafael    

She was such a great actress, he role as Sophia reminded me of my grandmother so much,now they are both in Heaven,God bless Estelle, she will be missed.

2097 days ago
182.

FlBiker    

She was great in anal invaders 4!

2096 days ago
183.

laurie    

Sophia-"Dorothy,have you seen my teeth?"
Dorothy-"Ma,they're in your mouth."
Sophia-"I know.I ran them thru the dishwasher.Don't they look great?"

Estelle was one of a kind.I loved that show,and still watch it every night on Lifetime.May she rest in peace!

2095 days ago
184.

chessplayer1957    

it is sad that she passed on and that her co stars did not even attend her funeral.
they should be ashamed of themselves for not attending. she was the whole part of the show that
made the show funny

2095 days ago
185.

chessplayer1957    

you are sick for wanting someone to die

2095 days ago
186.

lisa    

there will never be another Sophia, no matter if there was a "movie" made.

it seems like if simpsons can be made into a movie the golden girls will be also someday. watch.

2084 days ago
187.

Lisa    

Watching Golden Girls will never be the same, you will be greatly missed Estelle! RIP!

2082 days ago
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