What disease did Estelle Getty have?
Ms. Getty had been suffering from Lewy body dementia, a progressive brain disease.
Who was the oldest Golden Girl actress?
Sophia Petrillo, portrayed by Estelle Getty, was the oldest Golden Girl character. Sophia is Dorothy’s mother and moved to Miami after a fire burnt down the Shady Pines retirement home where she lived prior to the series. At the beginning of “The Golden Girls,” Sophia was around 79 years old.
Did Dorothy have chronic fatigue syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome[edit | edit source] She lives with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and worked the topic of the illness into The Golden Girls by having Bea Arthur’s character, Dorothy Zbornak, diagnosed with it.