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Estelle Harris Dies; ‘Seinfeld’ & ‘Toy Story’ Star Was 93

TV legend Estelle Harris passed away yesterday from natural causes in Palm Desert, California, at the age of 93, two days before her 94th birthday.

In a statement, her son Glen Harris wrote: “It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25pm. Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”

Harris is mostly known for playing Estelle Costanza, the mother of Jason Alexander‘s George Costanza, in the TV sitcom Seinfeld. She played the role from 1992 to 1998 in 27 episodes. She reprised the role in Curb Your Enthusiasm, in 2009, for the episode “The Table Read.” She was also a series regular in The Pinocchio Shop, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

In film, she is known for voicing Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, from the second installment to the fourth, alongside Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, who died in 2017. Her final film role was in Toy Story 4. Other film credits include Brother Bear, Home on the Range, Tarzan II, and Once Upon a Time in America.

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander reacted to Harris’ passing on Twitter, stating that “The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat.”

jason alexander on Twitter: “One of my favorite people has passed – my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always. #RIPEstelleHarris / Twitter”

One of my favorite people has passed – my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always. #RIPEstelleHarris

Source: Deadline

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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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