Chris sent me a text message this afternoon informing that Estelle Getty had passed away this morning, and I can’t lie– I teared up for a moment at work. Hey, if you truly know me, you know I’m a sentimental kind of guy. Part of that is probably my life has been a little bit of an emotional roller coaster lately; however, it is a bit deeper that.
Four or five years ago, maybe more, I saw Lifetime’s Intimate Portrait on Estelle Getty, and I will never part of her story. According to the show Estelle befriended one of the actors from the Torch Song Trilogy, and when this actor was hospitalized because of his battle with HIV, Estelle visited him routinely. Each time she visited him she took him chicken noodle soup because she said chicken noodle soup could cure anything. Also, I’ll never forget Rosie O’Donnell’s comments on Estelle– she said Estelle was amazing supporter of assuring awareness of the HIV/AIDS plight and fundraising to find a cure. O’Donnell said Estelle was at every fundraiser for a cure that she every attended, even if Estelle had to be in a wheelchair… sunshine or rain, well or sick, she was on board for the cause. Her comes the sentimental guy within– I’m a sucker for people who even when they are down, they still fight for the better good of others. And well, add in the fact that it is a sassy granny doing who is a compassionate activist and I am won over even more.
Here’s a quote from one of Estelle’s sons: “She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents.” Click here to read the article on MSNBC’s site, which is where I pulled the quote.
Enjoy some of Estelle’s sassy lines as Sophia:
Dorothy: Well Blanche is certainly taking her sister’s novel better than I would. I would kill my sister Gloria if she ever wrote about my sex life.
Sophia: You would kill your sister over a pamphlet?
Sophia: Blanche, a terrible thing has happened to you. But when life does something like this, there are a couple of things you got to remember. You got your health, right?
Sophia: You can still walk, can’t you?
Blanche: That’s true.
Sophia: Great, go get me a glass of water.
Stan: Hello, Sophia, you’re looking younger every day.
Sophia: Hi, Stan, and that’s a beautiful toupee you’re wearing. Great, now we’re both liars.
Rose: Sophia, why are you in such a bad mood?
Sophia: Excuse me, Rose, but I haven’t had sex in 15 years and it’s starting to get on my nerves.