Commenter Of The Day: Sophia Petrillo EditionMatt Hardigree6/12/09 5:00pmFiled to: Commenter Of The DayCOTD45EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOne of the most famous portrayals of an Italian-American on American TV was Estelle Getty as matriarch Sophia Petrillo on NBC's The Golden Girls. The fictional senior citizen was born in 1905 in Sicily and moved to New York when she was in her teens after having her marriage annulled. Throughout her life she had numerous husbands and a variety of comical, if not somewhat stereotypical jobs. Because of a stroke she lost her inability to censor herself and therefore makes many references to the Sicilian mob and a desire never to snitch on a friend — unless there's good money in it. Though comical on its own, the real humor may come from the fact that Estelle Getty was not a Sicilian-American Catholic but actually a Polish-American Jewish woman. This may be one of the reasons why we're so unprepared to woo Italian auto execs, though Boosted Lego Wagon seems to have a better plan.