Estelle Getty, More Than Just A Comedic CurmudgeonMaria7/23/08 12:30pmFiled to: Estelle gettyObituaryObituariesDeathripthe golden girlsSophia petrilloactressHollywoodFunny WomenComediansTelevisionr.i.pR.i.p35EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWe're assuming that you've heard the sad news that Estelle Getty — best known for her portrayal of sassy Sicilian octogenarian Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls — passed away. Looking through the various obits that have since trickled out, we've learned more about Getty beyond the white wig and wicker purse, namely, that she was just as saucy and spry as Sophia. For example: Getty got her start in show business by performing in the Yiddish theater and doing standup in the Catskills at a time when female comedians were a rare sight. She didn't catch her big break until later in life when she began portraying mothers of varying ethnicities in plays, movies, and eventually the small screen. After the jump, a little bit more about the woman who always had a good one-liner up her sleeve and knew how hard it was to be a funny woman in Hollywood.