'Golden Girls' actress Estelle Getty dies at 84

July 22, 2008 2:16:28 PM PDT
Estelle Getty's son says the 84-year-old actress has died. Her son, Carl Gettleman, says the co-star of the TV show "The Golden Girls" died early Tuesday at home in Los Angeles. Gettleman says she suffered from advanced dementia.

The diminutive actress spent 40 years struggling for success before landing the role of a lifetime in 1985, playing the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on "The Golden Girls."

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