Estelle Getty Biography (1923-)

Original name, Estelle Scher; born July 25, 1923, in New York, NY; daughter of Charles (in the glass business) and Sarah Scher; married Arthur Gettleman (in the retail glass business), December 21, 1947; children: Barry Gettleman,Carl Gettleman.

Birth Details
July 25, 1923
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • The Divorce of Judy and Jane, Bijou Theatre, 1971
  • Widows and Children First, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, NewYork City, 1979
  • Mrs. Beckoff, Torch Song Trilogy, Richard Allen Center, New York City, 1981 then Actors' Playhouse, later Helen Hayes Theatre, and Little Theatre, all New York City, c. 1982-1983
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Theatre at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1990
  • Appeared in All My Sons, Arsenic and Old Lace, Blithe Spirit, A Box of Tears, Death of a Salesman, The Demolition of Hannah Fay, Fits and Starts, The Glass Menagerie, Hidden Corners, I Don't Know Why I'm Screaming, Light up the Sky, Lovers and Other Strangers, Never Too Old, Pocketful of Stars, 6 Rms Rv Vu, Table Settings, Under the Bridge There's a Lonely Place with Gregory Peck and Me, and Waiting for Lefty; also performed with the Federal Theatre and Workshop of the Performing Arts Theatre, both New York City.
  • Major Tours
  • Mrs. Beckoff, Torch Song Trilogy, U.S. cities, c. 1983
  • Film Appearances
  • Teacher, Team-Mates (also known as Young Gangs of Wildwood High and Youth Gangs), Independent-International Pictures, 1978
  • Middle-aged woman, Tootsie, Columbia, 1982
  • The Chosen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Gussie, Deadly Force, Embassy, 1983
  • Evelyn, Mask, Universal, 1984
  • Protocol, Warner Bros., 1984
  • Claire Timkin, Mannequin, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Tutti Bomowski, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Universal, 1992
  • Grandma Estelle Little, Stuart Little, Columbia, 1999
  • Sister Rosanne, The Million Dollar Kid, A-pix Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared in Beginners.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Sophia Spirelli Petrillo, The Golden Girls, NBC, 1985-1992
  • Sophia Spirelli Petrillo, The Golden Palace, CBS, 1992-1993
  • Sophia Spirelli Petrillo, Empty Nest, NBC, 1993-1995
  • Movies
  • Euroi Muller, No Man's Land, NBC, 1984
  • Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (also known as Victims for Victims), NBC, 1984
  • Bella Stern, Copacabana, CBS, 1985
  • A Match Made in Heaven, CBS, 1997
  • Specials
  • Comic Relief, HBO, 1986
  • NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1986
  • Comic Relief II, HBO, 1987
  • The 55th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1988
  • The Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening, NBC, 1989
  • The 56th Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade, NBC, 1989
  • Night of 100 Stars III (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), NBC, 1990
  • Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (also known as The Earth Day Special), ABC, 1990
  • Voice of schoolteacher, The Sissy Duckling (animated), HBO, 1999
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The Second Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1988
  • Presenter, The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1990
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1991
  • The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991
  • The Sixth Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1992
  • Episodic
  • "The Clown Prince Is Indisposed," Nurse, CBS, 1982
  • "Don't Bank on It," One of the Boys, NBC, 1982
  • Roberta, "Intimate Strangers," Hotel, ABC, 1984
  • Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1984
  • Miriam the librarian, "What Makes Dick Run?" Newhart, CBS, 1985
  • Rotating host (with others), The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers, Fox, 1986
  • "Midterm Fever," Roomies, NBC, 1987
  • Sophia Petrillo, "Libby's Gift," Empty Nest, NBC, 1988
  • Sophia Petrillo, "I Ain't Got No Buddy," Blossom, NBC, 1991
  • Sophia Petrillo, "Temporary Setbacks," Nurses, NBC, 1993
  • Herself, "Goin' Hollywood," The Crew, Fox, 1995
  • Dottie, "The Sky Is Falling," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1996
  • Herself, "Here We Go Again," The John Larroquette Show, NBC, 1996
  • Myrna, Brotherly Love, The WB, 1996
  • Jamie's aunt, "The Birth," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1997
  • Voice of Aunt Jane, "Westward No!" Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1997
  • Sophia Gates, "Romance," Ladies Man, CBS, 2000
  • Intimate Portrait: Betty White, Lifetime, 2000
  • Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan, Lifetime, 2000
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty, Lifetime, 2001
  • Also appeared on Baker's Dozen, CBS; Fantasy Island, ABC; The Hollywood Squares, syndicated; and The Tonight Show, NBC.
  • Videos
  • Appeared in Young at Heart: Body Conditioning with Estelle.
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Steve Delsohn) If I Knew Then What I Know Now ... So What (autobiography), Contemporary Books (Chicago), 1988

Further Reference


    • Ladies Home Journal, February, 1990, pp. 44-47
    • McCall's, January, 1988, p. 110
    • People Weekly, March 31, 1986
    • Estelle Getty--Official Site, http://www., August 23, 2001

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