Very sad news to report to TV fans.
Our beloved "Ma", has passed away.
Estelle Getty suffered from advanced dementia and died at her sons home on July 22nd, 2008 - just two days shy of her 85th birthday.
Oddly enough, the role that brought her to the forefront of American Sweetheartery was as Sophia Petrillo an octogenarian grandmother living in Florida with her daughter, two other women, and some cheesecake. She was only in her early sixties when she first played the role.
Sophia was a great character brought to life with quick wit by Getty.
We'll miss you, but we'll always...
No matter what, Estelle Getty is a Golden Girl in our hearts.
Reruns air on Lifetime every morning.
FUN FACT: Often believed to be the youngest of the Golden Girls, Estelle Getty was actually the second youngest. Rue McClanahan is actually the youngest.