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Golden Girl Estelle Getty’s golden years are over

Posted in RIP, Top Dollar Heroes, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on July 22, 2008

Estelle and castmates

Associated PressEstelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic rich octogenarian Sophia on TV’s “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 84.

The much-loved actress, who suffered from advanced dementia, died at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at her Hollywood Boulevard home, said her son, Carl Gettleman of Santa Monica.

“The Golden Girls,” featuring four female retirees sharing a house in Miami, grew out of NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff’s belief that television was ignoring its older viewers.

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