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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Estelle Getty, born July 25, 1924, in New York, New York, was 47 years old whe she made her first stage appearance. Her first movie role was in 1982's Tootsie. Other films include Mask, Mannequin and the Sylvester Stallone movie Stop! or My Mom Will Shoot. She starred for 10 years, through three series (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace, Empty Nest), as wisecracking Sophia Petrillo. After auditioning four times for the role of Sophia, Estelle was called in again for another reading. She hired a makeup artist to age her, went shopping in thrift shops looking for a worn polyester dress way too big for her, and a handbag. She went to the audition in her "costume," stayed in character the whole time and landed the part. Estelle suffered from dementia in her later years and died in July 2008 at the age of 84.
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