Sylvester Stallone, whom everyone is used to seeing in action films, looked awkward in a comedy. But his partner, Estelle Getty, fits into the picture as it should.
In the early 1990s, a comedy with Sylvester Stallone was released, for which critics smashed him to smithereens. The film earned a lot of “Golden Raspberries” as the worst film (in several categories), but the audience remembered it.
Sylvester Stallone, whom everyone is used to seeing in action films in the roles of superheroes, looked awkward in a comedy. But his partner, the performer of the role of his screen mother Estelle Getty, fits into the picture as it should.
It is noteworthy that fame came to her in adulthood, therefore, in the minds of viewers, especially foreign ones, she is associated with the role of a cute old woman. What did Estelle look like in her youth?
Estelle Sher was born in 1923 to Polish immigrants with Jewish roots. She had a brother, David, and a sister, Rosilyn. Parents were engaged in the production of glass.
In New York, the girl graduated from high school and immediately began her acting career. She first worked in a Jewish theater where the actors spoke Yiddish. But after a few years, the actress left her career to take care of her family.
In 1946, Estelle Scher married Arthur Gettleman, they lived in marriage for 58 years.
Estelle Getty returned to the profession (she shortened her husband’s surname to a simpler and more memorable pseudonym) only in the late 1970s. In the movie Teammates, the petite and smiling actress played a teacher. She also achieved great success on Broadway.
Then for several years, she starred in popular TV series. A comedic role immediately “stuck” to her.
In 1982, the actress played a small role in the comedy Tootsie with Dustin Hoffman, and three years later the audience saw the drama The Mask starring Cher.
At the same time, Estelle Getty began acting in the TV series “The Golden Girls”, which brought her a Golden Globe and an Emmy as the best-supporting actress in a mini-series. The film was released seven years. And time after time, Getty was nominated for these prestigious awards, but she received them only once.
Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan played in the Golden Girls. Getty got the role of the heroine Arthur. It is noteworthy that Bea Arthur was a year and a half older than the actress who played her mother.
On the set of The Golden Girls, Estelle Getty was nicknamed Stealth (“invisible”) because of her small stature of 1.49 meters and low weight.
In the early 1990s, in an endless series of series in the career of an actress, there was also a feature film “Stop! Or my mom will shoot.” For the role of Tutti, Estelle received the Golden Raspberry.
In 1999, Getty starred in the comedy Stuart Little, and a year later the last film with her participation, The Millionaire Kid, was released.
All her life, the main people in the life of the actress were her husband and sons Carl and Berry. But she warmly treated her nephew. When he was 29 years old, he was diagnosed with the last stage of AIDS. The actress did her best to alleviate his suffering. His parents lived in England, and Estelle Getty took care of him. By private plane, she took him to one of the best hospices in the United States, where he died a year later.
The actress retired in 2000 at the age of 77. By that time, several serious ailments had been identified in her – Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies.
Estelle Getty did not live three days before her 85th birthday. She passed away on July 22, 2008.