A Fond Look at Sophia Petrillo

Golden Girls always had its fans in tears from laughing or even from the heartwarming moments. The energies of the stars made the show, click on a deeper level than many other shows during the mid-80s. Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty each brought a certain level of charm and charisma to the show. Six years after her passing Estelle Scher-Gettleman still keeps this writer in stitches with her charming lines and tireless acting. Let us take a trip back before she climbed into her most memorable role as Sophia.

Estelle Getty Climb to Golden Girls

Getty started her career in 1978 in the movie Teammates. She shortly landed roles in Tootsie (1982) and Mask (1985). She was a starry-eyed child, who took up the arts at an early age. After graduating from Sward Park High, she began gaining experience in the Yiddish theater. She tried to do standup comedy at the Catskills circuit in New York, but failed. She married Arthur Gettleman in 1947. She worked as a secretary, but determined to be an actor; she found some compensation in performing in Community Theater plays. Decades later, her connection to actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein turned the tide. The Torch Song Trilogy redefined her; she played the part of his mother. The show made it to Broadway and her debut was a great success.  She won the role of Sophia while on tour with the group and had to change her look to convince the producers she was Sophia.

Remembering Estelle Getty after 6 Years

Six years has passed the death of Estelle, but she will be remembered for her role as Sophia. Her flavor for comedy and the arts will live on; her free spirit and fiery nature are one powerful combination that will be missed. Estelle Getty should always be remembered for her effort and talents.

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