All any artist can hope for is to make an impact on the culture, to create a lasting legacy. If so, then the sheer number of reactions to the death of Estelle Getty means she has indeed left her mark, and rightly so. Remember all those “Which ‘Golden Girl’ Are You?” quizzes that floated around the internet? Everyone mostly wanted to kind of be Blanche, because I guess vainly it meant that you’d still actually get laid in your twilight years. But really, as you age, the more you really just want to be Sophia, because does not getting old mean you earn the right to say whatever the fuck you want to and fuck with those you love just because you can? No one made old age more appealing than Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo.
But if you’re IM windows and email accounts weren’t blowing up with the sadness of the news, look no further than Facebook, where everyone is a latter day town crier, heralding not just the sad news but also their reactions. As such, here’s a sampling of some updates I read on the Facebook after the news of Estelle Getty’s passing (friends who were, like me, apparently inveterate “Golden Girls” fans):
will miss the best “Golden Girl.”
is pleased he can finally admit he’s a fan of ‘Golden Girls’ after the outpouring of condolences for Estelle Getty.
misses Estelle Getty already.
says “picture it: sicily, 1926, a young peasant woman…”
is going to have a slice of cheesecake in honor of her fallen Golden Girl :(.
thinks EVERY day is a good day for a Golden Girls marathon, but today we need one more than ever!