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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It’s Not Exactly “Breaking News” When an Elderly Person Dies…

posted by on July 22 at 11:20 AM


…but it’s still sad. RIP, Estelle Getty.

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The girls are a little less golden now.

Posted by Dave | July 22, 2008 11:29 AM

She was like the only old person in the world who didn't need to die.

Posted by still partying over molly ivins | July 22, 2008 11:36 AM

Thank you for being a friend, EG.

Posted by als | July 22, 2008 11:40 AM

Interestingly enough, that's a photo of her PRETENDING to be elderly, as she was in her early '60s when she played her 80-something character on The Golden Girls.

Posted by Greg | July 22, 2008 12:00 PM

1)You beat Defamer on this, but I posted this two hours ago...get with the program...

2)Millions of gay men have rent their clothes and shrouded their mirrors in tribute...

Posted by michael strangeways | July 22, 2008 12:01 PM

Shady Pines will never be the same.

Posted by rb | July 22, 2008 12:12 PM

I hope her glasses come back in style!

Posted by crazycatguy | July 22, 2008 12:16 PM

I think McCain dated her.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 22, 2008 12:18 PM

that really is sad. she was not doing well - she had dementia. i watched many hours of the GG with my gay boyfriends. RIP indeed.

Posted by xina | July 22, 2008 12:42 PM


Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | July 22, 2008 12:55 PM

McClanahan said her nickname for Getty was "Slats."


Posted by KELLY O | July 22, 2008 1:00 PM

She was never better than when she gave Blanche the business.

Posted by Vince | July 22, 2008 1:29 PM

In Stephen Hawkings' Updated and Expanded Edition of The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, page 7 has this to say...

" As far as Kepler was concerned, elliptical orbits were merely an ad hoc hypothesis, and a rather repugnant one at that, because ellipese were clearly less perfect thatn circles. "

I am continuing on my let's all jump on the Al Franken for Presidentialeditor-missives today because I truly love Ann Coulter.

Posted by daniel bennett kieneker | July 22, 2008 1:52 PM

All four of the Golden Girls cast are/were hard-ass, brassy ladies. RIP Sophia!

Posted by laterite | July 22, 2008 2:07 PM

Though my fundamentalist Christian parents forbade me from watching "The Dirty Old Ladies," I could sneak in episodes when they weren't in the room, keeping the remote handy for a quick-change. For all of Sophia's fireworks, her best moments were when she was tender with her brassy daughter Dorothy. Even Bea Arthur needed love and tenderness sometimes. Rest in peace, Ms. Getty.

Posted by Bub | July 22, 2008 2:16 PM

I agree with Bub at 15: The moments when Sophia got all maternal and Italian with Dorothy were always so fucking sweet, and underscored by the perpetual visual joke of their mother-daughter relationship, in which viewers were silently reminded that once upon a time, Bea Arhur came out of Estelle Getty's vagina.

Posted by David Schmader | July 22, 2008 3:42 PM

Oh, why couldn't it have been Vicki Lawrence?

Posted by Smarm | July 22, 2008 5:12 PM

hey schmader..
bea arthur couldn't have possibly come out of estelle getty's vagina because bea arthur
( b.May 13, 1922) was OLDER than estelle getty (b.July 25, 1923)
i thought everybody knew that.
why do i know that?

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 22, 2008 6:13 PM

Hi Riz! I was just talking about within the world of the show, wherein the character played by Bea Arthur presumably came out of the vagina of the character played by Estelle Getty--who miraculously lived.

Posted by David Schmader | July 22, 2008 6:17 PM
20 mean tv land vagina..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 22, 2008 6:32 PM

Picture it: Capitol Hill, 2001. I am the token straight guy at Thanksgiving dinner. After several bottles of wine were consumed one of my host's guests began recreating scenes from the Golden Girls. The best was from the episode in which Betty White's character was dating a little person and brought him home for dinner. Blanche comes out of the kitchen carrying an appetizer tray, asks "Shrimp?", and without saying a word or missing a beat, turns right around and returns to the kitchen completely mortified. As I watched this reenactment I thought "I could sleep with a guy and it wouldn't be as gay as this..."

Posted by RainMan | July 22, 2008 8:59 PM

TVayjayjay Land...

Posted by michael strangeways | July 23, 2008 10:01 AM

hey! no knocking Vicki!

Carol Burnett Show era Vicki Lawrence was BRILLIANT!

pretty much everything after that, sucked though...

Posted by michael strangeways | July 23, 2008 10:03 AM

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