But it was playing Bea Arthur's sassy Sicilian mother on "The Golden Girls" (1985-92) that would make the best use of Getty's comedic talents -- even though, at the time, the 62-year-old actress was younger than her television daughter. As Sophia Petrillo, Getty stole countless scenes and received widespread critical acclaim, winning an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two American Comedy Awards.
Her film résumé includes supporting roles in Tootsie (1982), Mask (1985), Mannequin (1987) and Stuart Little (1999). Getty died just days before her 85th birthday on July 22, 2008.
This extraordinary film is based on the real-life story of Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz), a teenager disfigured by craniodiaphyseal dysplasia. With the help of his mother Rusty's (Cher) love and fierce determination, Rocky overcomes pain, loneliness and prejudice. As his face becomes more and more mask-like, he ultimately becomes an inspiration to his classmates and teachers. Peter Bogdanovich directs, and Sam Elliott co-stars.