Actress Estelle Harris, who played George Costanza’s mother in Seinfeld and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story, has died aged 93
Beloved actress Estelle Harris, who played George Costanza’s mother Estelle in Seinfeld and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the animated feature Toy Story, has died aged 93.
According to her son Glen Harris, the star died of natural causes at her home in Palm Desert, Calif., on Saturday evening. She was just weeks away from celebrating her 94th birthday, which would have been on April 4.
“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris passed away tonight at 6:25 p.m.,” Glen revealed to Deadline, noting that he was holding his mother before “she gave her birth. last breath”.
He continued: “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were virtually unparalleled, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.”
Beloved actress Estelle Harris has died aged 93, according to Deadline
She played George Costanza’s famous mother, Estelle, on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld (pictured with Jerry Stiller)
She was born in April 1928 in Manhattan to Polish immigrants who owned a candy store. She grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, but eventually moved back to the city and married her husband Sy Harris.
The couple had three children together: Eric, Glen and Taryn,
She began performing in various amateur community theaters while raising her children and eventually found stardom, starring in The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, iCarly, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Proud Family, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Moreover.
She debuted on Looking Up and then Once Upon a Time in America, before landing a three-episode deal on Night Court, according to People.
The New York native appeared in 27 episodes of Seinfeld between 1992 and 1998, playing a character who, ironically, shared the same name as her.
She also played the role of Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story 2, 3, and 4. Toy Story 4 was her final title.
She had over 100 film titles on her resume over her 45-year career and became known as a mother figure, often playing the mother on shows.
“I’m the universal mother,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1995. “Black people, Asians, WASPs, Italians, Jews — they all say, ‘Oh, you’re like my mother. It makes me feel good.
Although she played loud characters, she never described herself as such, saying, “I talk, but I don’t like hurting people’s feelings”. We are all in the same boat. We all have to deal with death, so the easier we can make life for ourselves, the better.
She became known as the Commerce Queen on Madison Avenue for having a unique voice, according to Deadline. She was known to book up to 25 commercials a year.
“His passion was his job and his job was his passion,” Harris said.
The famous actress is survived by three children and three grandchildren and a great-grandson.