Recently, the television and film industry has been hit with the hard news of passing such as Disney Legend Betty White, and the talented ABC Full House sitcom star, Bob Saget. Sadly, we have learned that actress Estelle Harris passed away on April 2, 2022.
Estelle was a talented actress that was most known for her role as “Estelle Costanza”, mother of George Costanza (Jason Alexander), in the popular NBC sitcom Seinfield (1992 – 1998). Interestingly enough, the mother figure was named “Estelle” in the script before Estelle even landed the role.
The Disney fandom will remember Estelle for her talented voice role as Mrs. Potato Head in Disney and Pixar’s animated films including Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Toy Story 4 (2019).
She also voiced other small Disney roles such as Ma in the Timon & Pumbaa (1995 – 1998) in episode Mombasa-In-Law, Lula in Dave the Barbarian (2004), Mrs. Turtle in Mickey Mouse Works (1999), the old lady bear in Brother Bear (2003), Audrey in Home on the Range (2004), and Mama Gunda in Tarzan II (2005).
According to a report from Deadline, Estelle died Saturday evening, April 2, 2022, of natural causes in Palm Desert, Calfornia just weeks before celebrating her 94th birthday.
Estelle’s son, Glen Harris, held his mother when she drew her final breath. He announced the news with: “It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25 pm. Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy, and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”
Social media’s #RIPEstelleHarris has fans remembering the talented actress:
Actor Jason Alexander, Estelle’s on-screen son, George Costanza in Seinfield took to Twitter to remember his “TV Mama”:
Estelle’s son, Glen, said “Her passion was her work, and her work was her passion.” Our thoughts are with the Estelle Harris family and friends.