Estelle Getty (née Scher; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an American actress and comedian, who appeared in film, television, and theatre. She was best known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992, which won her an Emmy and a Golden Globe, on The Golden Palace from 1992 to 1993, and on Empty Nest from 1993 to 1995. In her later years, after retiring from acting, she battled Lewy body dementia.
Stella is a 1990 American drama film produced by The Samuel Goldwyn Company and released by Touchstone Pictures. The screenplay by Robert Getchell is the third feature film adaptation of the 1923 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty. Previous film versions were Stella Dallas and the silent film Stella Dallas.
Stella was a British comedy-drama which aired on Sky 1 and was created and written by David Peet and Ruth Jones, who played the lead role of Stella. The series was largely filmed in Ferndale in the Rhondda Valley in Wales. Various celebrities made guest appearances as themselves in some episodes. A Christmas special aired on 23 December 2016.