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Getty's Son Regrets Emmy Sale


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The son of late actress Estelle Getty regrets selling off the Emmy Award she won for her role in The Golden Girls - insisting he should have donated the trophy to a museum.

Getty died in 2008 and her sons Carl and Barry Gettleman failed to agree on how to split her possessions, and the 1988 best supporting actress prize was sold to an anonymous buyer in an auction of her belongings.

The statue later turned up on eBay.com, much to the chagrin of bosses at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, who attempted to have the sale stopped.

It is not known where the trophy ended up, but Carl Gettleman now admits he shouldn't have let the Emmy go.

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Getty's Emmy Auction Angers Officials


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Emmys chiefs are fuming over an online auction of late actress Estelle Getty's award for her supporting role in The Golden Girls.

Executives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are battling with bosses at eBay.com to remove the star's 1988 Emmy award from the website, reports Variety.

The Academy's guidelines state statuettes must be returned to the organisation if the winner or their heirs no longer want the award.

However, the golden prize has been placed up for auction by a private bidder with a starting price of $15,000 (£10,000).

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Getty's Emmy Still On Sale; No Bidders


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With only a few hours to bid remaining, Estelle Getty's 1988 Emmy for The Golden Girls was still listed for sale on eBay this morning, despite avowals from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences that it would seek to quash the auction. With an opening bid set at $15,000, the trophy had received no bidders. One reason may be that a similar trophy, awarded to producer Raymond Katz for The Miracle Worker in 1979, was quietly auctioned off by Bonham's just three years ago for $5,975.

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Getty's Emmy Still Listed On Ebay


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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has so far been unsuccessful in its efforts to have the Emmy that Estelle Getty won in 1988 for Golden Girls removed from eBay. The trophy, awarded for best supporting actress in a comedy series, was reportedly put up for sale by a merchant specializing in fine art. The initial asking price was $15,000, but as of this morning (Tuesday), there had been no bids. "This extremely rare item is being offered for this week only, it will not be relisted," the eBay blurb reads. The listing expires on Wednesday. The Academy said Monday that, like its movie counterpart, it only "loans" the trophy to recipients, who may keep it forever, but if they or their heirs wish to part with it, they must return it to the Academy.

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Shields Shocked By Dead Celebrity Insults


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Actress Brooke Shields was mortified when comics at a recent event made jokes at the expense of late celebrities Heath Ledger, Bernie Mac and Estelle Getty


The 43-year-old star was acting as a panelist at a 72-hour comedy sketch event in New York at the weekend (begs 09Aug08).


According to the New York Daily News, Shields became "freaked out" when the stand-ups began mocking the tragic deaths of the actors to get a laugh from the crowd.


A source tells the newspaper, "Everything was going great until three comics came out each playing a dead star. One was playing Heath Ledger as The Joker and he just kept listing prescription pills he had in his pocket. Another was playing Estelle Getty and the third was Bernie MAC's ghost.

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White Defends Getty Funeral Absence


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Betty White has defended her decision not to attend Estelle Getty's funeral, insisting her former Golden Girls co-star would not have wanted her there.


White and castmates Bea Arthur and Rue MCClanahan were accused by the media of disrespecting the late actress after they failed to attend her private memorial service last month (24Jul08).


But White, 86, is adamant Getty would have been furious if her co-stars had turned up at the ceremony - because they would have attracted even further tabloid coverage.


White explains, "We were with Estelle when it mattered. I didn't go to her funeral and Paul, her wonderful caretaker, knew I wasn't going to her funeral.

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Golden Girl Getty Dead At 84


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Estelle Getty, best known for her role as Bea Arthur's mother Sophia on The Golden Girls, died Tuesday in Hollywood at age 84. She was only 60 when she auditioned for the role, and an Associated Press obituary noted that she had originally been turned down by the producers because she didn't look old enough to play a woman in her 80s. She returned for another audition, telling a makeup artist, "To you this is just a job. To me it's my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80." Real life was not as kind to Getty in her 80s as it was to her character. Her son, Carl Gettleman, told the AP that she had been suffering from advanced dementia.

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Golden Girls Actresses Pay Tribute To Late Co-star

By on 23 July 2008

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Former colleagues of Golden Girls star Estelle Getty have paid tribute to their late colleague after her death at the age of 84.

The diminutive actress died at 05:30 local time (13:30 BST) on Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, her son Carl Gettleman has confirmed.

And Bea Arthur, who starred as her daughter Dorothy Zbornak in the hit US comedy, said she had been part of "one of the greatest comic duos" with Getty.

"I will miss her," she added.

"She'll always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia Petrillo," commented Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche in the Emmy-winning series.

Born Estelle Scher to Polish immigrants in New York City, Getty - who based her stage name on that of her husband Arthur Gettleman - had struggled for years for her big break in entertainment.

She also failed her first two auditions for the role of 80-year-old Sophia on The Golden Girls, as the producers did not believe she looked old enough.

According to the Associated Press news agency, she arrived for her third audition in dowdy clothes and told the makeup artist: "To you this is just a job. To me it's my entire career down the toilet unless you make me look 80."

She secured the role and went on to be nominated for seven Emmys, as sell as starring in two spinoff series.

"She was loved throughout the world in six continents, and if they loved sitcoms in Antarctica she would have been loved on seven continents," her son said.

"She was one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived."

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Golden Girl Getty Struggling With Dementia


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Former GOLDEN GIRLS star Estelle Getty has become so affected by senile dementia, she can no longer remember anything about the hit TV show she once starred in.

The veteran actress can remember very little about her life and her career, according to pal and Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan.

McClanahan explains, "She's not well at all. Estelle doesn't know anything about having done a show called Golden Girls. She doesn't recognise any of us.

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Golden Girls Distressed By Getty's Health


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Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan are highly distressed by their former Golden Girls co-star Estelle Getty's mental health battle.

The 81-year-old actress, who played SOPHIA on the classic sitcom, is suffering from dementia and her old pals find it very tough to see how much the condition has gripped her.

White, who recently reunited with Arthur and McClanahan for the release of their sitcom, says, "She should be in on all this .I went over there not too long ago and after I left, she told her care- giver that I was a nice lady... it's just heartbreaking."

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