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R.I.P. Estelle Getty

22 July 2008 5 Comments

Estelle Getty, who portrayed Sophia on The Golden Girls, has always fascinated me. Realizing that she was actually the youngest of the four actresses on the series, I’m especially surprised to hear that she passed away today at the age of 84. The Golden Girls has prepared me to be an old sassy stick-in-the mud from an early age, and I absolutely loved the one-liner zings that Bea Arthur and Estelle were so talented at trading (“Shady Pines, Ma…”). While searching for a tribute clip I stumbled upon this excerpt from the episode “Mixed Blessings.” I know that this post is supposed to be about Estelle (and her opening line is a nice little zinger), but can we also pour a little out for Rosalind Cash and Virginia Capers, two very recognizable black actresses who passed away with little fanfare? Also notice Lynn Hamilton and Montrose Hagins, two other black faces you may recognize.


  • KelleBelle said:

    Thank YOU for recognizing the gem that was Estelle Getty!

    The Golden Girls were like the four white grandmothers I never had. Or had but I was disowned. But that is neither here nor there.

    Now Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot!

    You know Sly is somewhere crying in a corner.

    RIP ‘ma!

  • Bonnie said:

    I adore The Golden Girls. Just watched some episodes over the weekend. Estelle Getty was such an important hilarious part of the show.

    RIP Ms. Getty and thank you for the laughs…

  • jazzfan360 said:

    I don’t think she was the youngest…I think that was Rue. But I was both sad and relieved to hear of her passing, because she’d been suffering for a long, long time. “Mixed Blessing” has gotta be in my top five GG eps. That’s just amazing stuff. “What is this, a revival of Raisin in the Sun?!” LMAO.

  • Lello said:

    i love love the GG, and truly cherish estelle’s talent. this was the same episode where rose asks: do black ppl get dandruff?

  • Malcolm said:

    Excellent choice of a clip to post in honor of Estelle Getty. I loved it when Sophia entered the house and you could hear the studio audience murmur because they knew that something outrageous was coming out of her mouth. I would put the GG in the top 5 of greatest sitcoms off all time. IMO, it never “jumped the shark”.

    By the way, nice shout out too for Rosalind, Virginia, Lynn, and Montrose. One of my favorite roles by Rosalind Cash was as the free-thinking middle sibling of Diahann Carroll and Irene Cara in the 1982 TV movie “Sister, Sister”.

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