The 12 best moments from Sophia Petrillo on 'The Golden Girls'
She'll have you clutching your pearls.
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Picture it — New York City, 1923. A baby girl was born on July 25, and she would end up becoming an incredibly successful actress.
That girl was Estelle Getty, and she would have been 93 years old today. Getty is best known as the wise-cracking Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls, living in Miami with her daughter, Dorothy, and two other women, Blanche and Rose.
There's no doubt each woman brought her own flavor to the show, but Sophia stood out as the ruthless-yet-loveable octogenarian. To celebrate Getty's birthday and expert performance, here are some of Sophia's best lines. She'll have you clutching your pearls!
If you got in her way, she'd put you in your place.
You also had to be sure to give her a lot of personal space.
She'd catch you in a lie. Here's what happened when Dorothy said she didn't snore.
She knew a thing or two about discipline.
And she definitely knew how to improvise.
She told it like it is — the good, the bad and the ugly.
But seriously, don't catch her in a bad mood.
Sometimes she got her words confused.
And sometimes she didn't need to say anything at all to have an impact.
Best of all, she knew how to have fun.
Happy Birthday, Estelle Getty, and rest in peace!