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22 July 2008 @ 01:41 pm
To Some People, It Wouldn't Mean Much  
But I watched The Golden Girls with my grandmother throughout my childhood and into my teenage years. Now that she's gone, they're still a link to those old days. Of all of them, Sophia Petrillo was my favorite. Estelle Getty used to make me laugh until I cried. I can only hope to grow older like her. It's a shame that she wasn't recognized as the hilarious actress she was. When I hear this morning that she had passed away, it was a little bit of a blow. Another little memory gone. She had been ill for a while now, but still. 

Good night, Estelle, and God bless. Those of us that grew up with you will never forget.

See if this brings back any memories (gacked from Wiki):

Due to Sophia's Sicilian descent, there are regular hints in the series that she and her family have some mafia connections; she has made reference to several vendettas. It is even hinted that Sophia herself has done mob work; she once stated that no one in her family had "ever left a body to be found". In one episode Sophia asks Dorothy the first thing she told her to tell her to any kids if they bothered her the first day of kindergarden, Dorothy replys' "Yes 'Say one mean thing to me and my mother can have you wiped out with one phone call.'" Sophia states that she had lived through "two World Wars, fifteen vendettas, four operations, and two Darrins on Bewitched". She (almost) revealed in one episode that she knew what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.

Sophia is best known for her wise cracks and brazen remarks, often commenting on Dorothy's lack of love life; Blanche's promiscuity; and Rose's stupidity. However, despite her constant wise-cracking of the other women, she is shown to care for and love them all deeply; she even sees Rose and Blanche as surrogate daughters, loving them almost as much as she loves Dorothy. The other women usually seek Sophia for advice, which Sophia is all too willing to share, usually beginning with her catchphrase, "Picture it…" That phrase may be a family trait, as both her sister, Angela, and her brother, Angelo, have used the same phrase when telling stories in very similar fashions, and (in a flashback) Sophia's own mother also began to tell a story in this way. Sophia often stretched the truth, or completely fabricated the events of the stories, in order to make her point - something which Dorothy often calls Sophia out on, and Sophia usually either vehemently denies lying, or defends it with lines such as "I'm old, I'm supposed to be colorful".

On the Verge of: sadsad
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on July 22nd, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oh how sad. I used to watch that show w/ my grandparents too. :(

Even now when I catch it on reruns I have to watch. Sophia was my favourite. :(

Lois: Lois Superman :: Love Youkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
I think it was pretty much that way with most of our generation. I can remember watching Star Search, Golden Girls and then Empty Nest followed by Hunter when I was a kid while eating some kind of microwave Mexican food that I craved and any sane person would run from.

And then we'd go to bed. I used to love staying over with Nana and doing that.
✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrine: celeb; (katie h.) baby hugelliania on July 22nd, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey! *hugs* I'm sorry you feel this sad. I see that this meant so much to you!! It's always a shock!!
Lois: Kal-El Lois :: Missing Youkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
I get this feeling I'll feel this way when Angela Lansbury passes, too. I always think of both women when I remember my Nana. Sophia because she made her laugh so hard (Nana was a proper Southern Lady who never said anything sarcastic in her life, but it didn't mean she couldn't find it funny) and Angela because Nana thought she was an amazing actress.

You should see what I'm like after watching Anastasia. Between Angela's voice and the way they play the Dowager Empress and her relationship with her granddaughter, she could be my Nana. :D

Edited at 2008-07-24 04:54 am (UTC)
saavikam77: Back Stabbedsaavikam77 on July 22nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
"Shady Pines, Ma!!"

*cries* :(

*hugs you tight*
Lois: Lois :: Broken Heartkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
I know, right? Didn't they have the best relationship ever?

*hugs you back and bites lip*
winddancer55945: Praying Cowboywinddancer55945 on July 22nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
I thought she was great too. I still love The Golden Girls.
Lois: Lois :: Shockedkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I do, too. I just wish it was on when I was home. Then again, there's always YouTube. It's amazing how popular they still are after twenty years.
Obsessed fangirl: Spring - pink lilliesbabettew54 on July 22nd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, I hadn't heard until now that she'd passed. How sad. Hearing you reminise about her, reminded of the episode when Dorothy wasn't sure she was her mother because they looked nothing alike and they were so different! We knew they were related, because they were so much alike after all.

I loved that show and those women. I was watching it recently, which I hadn't done in years. God Bless you, Estelle..
Lois: Kal-El Lara :: Goodbye My Sonkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
(I wish I had a better icon for this)

I remember that one! Isn't that the one where Dorothy thought she and another baby in the same hospital had been switched?
Obsessed fangirl: Spring - pink lilliesbabettew54 on July 24th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I believe that was the one. Both the mother and daughter showed up at the house, and amazingly, they looked almost exactly like Bea and Estelle!! So, Dorothy just shook her head, and that was end of the episode!! It left you wondering though if it were really true, but it didn't matter after all! It was a great episode.
ellalou73 on July 23rd, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I just saw this on the news, have been at work all day, and yes it's sad. I too liked watching the Golden Girls, though I think I just watched it on my own on Reruns, but anyway I like the info you put out about her character, interesting, and I remember some of those Quotes.

Lois: Lois Perry :: Familykalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
It really is an awesome show. They say that lots of the girls in college watch it. I can absolutely see why. It's such a classic.
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Lois: Lois Superman :: Love Youkalalanekent on July 24th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Awww! It always seem to me to be one of those shows that an entire family could agree on. I waqtched the reruns for years on Lifetime when I was in my early 20s. I don't think that show ever gets old.