‘Seinfeld,’ ‘Toy Story’ Actress Dies at 93

Estelle Harris, an actress, has died at the age of 93. She passed away of natural causes in Palm Desert, California.

“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25 p.m.,” her son Glen HarrisDeadline received a statement by her on Saturday April 2. “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”

Glen continued: “Her passion was her work and her work was her passion.”


Estelle Harris, Jason Alexander, and Jerry Stiller in ‘Seinfeld.’
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The New York native — born Estelle Nussbaum — notably played Estelle Costanza on 27 episodes of Seinfeld Between 1992 and 1998. She was the mother of George Costanza (played in Jason Alexander).

“One of my favorite people has passed — my tv mama, Estelle Harris,” the Pretty Woman actor, 62, tweetedSaturday. “The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Your family is my love. Serenity now and always.”

Estelle later played the role of Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, last reprising the character in 2019’s Toy Story 4. She was also featured on episodes of Futurama, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, iCarly, ER, Mind of Mencia, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Godzilla: The Series  Living Single. The actress was also featured in The Mask, Night Stand, Star Trek: Voyager, The Tick and Night Court.

In the last year or two, all of a sudden these youngsters recognize me as Mrs. Costanza, Estelle Costanza,” she told Canada’s CTV News in March 2012 about being known for her acting credits. “So we have a whole new age group, and I’m getting a lot of fan mail from these young people too. I think Seinfeld, because of the writing and the right cast, will go on for years and years.”

She added at the time: “I looked at the [show’s] script and I said to myself, ‘Oh, that couldn’t be.’ … I said, ‘Oh, no, it’s impossible. What TV show is this? It’s impossible.’ But it was very possible, and it was funny. Nobody has a past like that! That poor woman. She lived in the same apartment she got married in with the exact same furniture, the same husband, one son that was a loser, and the same apartment in which she died. She had everything bad. I thought it was funny.”

The Married … With Children The three children of an alum are now her heirs: Eric, Glen TarynSy Harris, her late husband. She is survived by three great-grandsons and one grandson.

Estelle previously battled cancer before happily proclaiming to TMZ in 2013 that her doctors “got it all out.”

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