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Golden Girl Estelle Getty’s golden years are over

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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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Written by Jim McMillan

July 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Posted in RIP

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