Golden Girls actress Estelle Getty died on Tuesday at the age of 84.

The star won the part as feisty Sophia Petrillo in the 80s US TV sitcom The Golden Girls – after being turned down twice because she did not look old enough.

Finally, she told the make-up artist: “My entire career is down the toilet unless you make me look 80.”

Paying tribute to the star, her longtime care-giver Paul Chapdelaine said: “She went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family and her very loving care-givers.”

She endured a long battle with dementia and lost her fight three days before her 85th birthday.

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