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18 Facts About ‘The Golden Girls’ You Never Heard Until Now

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Sophia Petrillo was undeniably, bone-deep Italian. It influenced her cooking, her views on family, and her vernacular. However, Estelle Getty wasn’t Italian in the slightest. The diminutive but powerful lady was born to Polish Jewish parents and got her last name from shortening her husband’s Gettlemen. She saw her star begin to ascend in Yiddish theater. This makes the episode where Dorothy befriended a famous author only to find out she frequented a place that didn’t allow Jewish folk in even more pointed. Estelle’s own parents were immigrants and owned a glass store in New York, a state she and Sophia do have in common.

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