Estelle Harris dead
Estelle Harris, best known for her role as Jason Alexander‘s mother on the popular TV series Seinfeld, has died at the age of 93.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Estelle Harris this evening at 6.25pm,” her son, Glenn Harris, told Deadline.
Seinfeld star Estelle Harris dies aged 93
As middle-class nanny Estelle Costanza, Harris put a memorable character on her recurring role on the ’90s thriller sitcom.
With her high pitched voice and arrogant humorous attitude, she was an archetype of maternal indignation.
“It is with great sadness and sadness that we announce the death of Estelle Harris this evening at 6:25 pm,” Glenn Harris told the site.
“Her kindness, affection, sensitivity, sense of humor, sympathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew her.”
Harris died of natural causes just days before her 94th birthday.
In addition to her famous appearance on Seinfeld, Harris has appeared in dozens of films and television series.
The career-defining role came after decades on stage and screen. Harris was born on April 22, 1928 in New York City.
She was raised in the city and later grew up in the suburb of Tarantum, Pennsylvania, where her father owned a candy store.
She began utilizing her comedic talents in high school productions where she realized she “could make audiences hysterical,” she told People magazine in 1995.
After the nine-season series “Seinfeld” ended in 1998, Harris continued to appear on stage and screen.
She voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the 1999 animated film “Toy Story 2” and played the character Muriel in the popular Disney Channel comedy “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” among other roles.