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Also Known As: Estelle Nussbaum Died:
Born: April 4, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Film and television actress Estelle Harris made a career out of treating her onscreen family members with loving contempt. As Estelle Costanza on the now iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Harris was the tart-tongued mother of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) who hurled shrieks and insults at her aimless New Yorker son who never seemed to do anything right. She had a very distinct high-pitched voice that lent itself perfectly to portraying shrill relatives in films like "Playing Mona Lisa" (2000) and "Out to Sea" (1997), as well as bringing to life animated characters like the sassy Mrs. Potato Head in "Toy Story 2" (1999) and "Toy Story 3" (2010). While Harris had a late start in her career and played mostly nagging motherly figures, she still possessed an uncanny ability to give her characters depth and charm, and successfully endeared herself to audiences of all ages.

Film and television actress Estelle Harris made a career out of treating her onscreen family members with loving contempt. As Estelle Costanza on the now iconic sitcom, "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), Harris was the tart-tongued mother of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) who hurled shrieks and insults at her aimless New Yorker son who never seemed to do anything right. She had a very distinct high-pitched voice that lent itself perfectly to portraying shrill relatives in films like "Playing Mona Lisa" (2000) and "Out to Sea" (1997), as well as bringing to life animated characters like the sassy Mrs. Potato Head in "Toy Story 2" (1999) and "Toy Story 3" (2010). While Harris had a late start in her career and played mostly nagging motherly figures, she still possessed an uncanny ability to give her characters depth and charm, and successfully endeared herself to audiences of all ages.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
2.
 Grand, The (2007)
3.
4.
 Movin' In (2006)
5.
 Tarzan 2 (2005)
6.
 Home on the Range (2004) Voice Of Audrey The Chicken
7.
 Disney's Teacher's Pet (2004) Voice Of Mrs Boogin
8.
 Brother Bear (2003) Voice Of Old Lady Bear
9.
 What's Cooking? (2000) Aunt Bea Seelig
10.
 Playing Mona Lisa (2000) Aunt Velva
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Raised in Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, NY
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Worked in dinner theatre and TV commercials while raising three children
1977:
Had early film role in "Looking Up"
1984:
Had small role in "Once Upon a Time in America"
1986:
Early TV appearance on episode of "Night Court"
1992:
Had recurring role as Mrs. Costanza, George's mother, on the NBC sitcom "Seinfeld"
1993:
Played Shelley Long's receptionist on series "Good Advice" (CBS)
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Education

Tarentum High School: Tarentum , Pennsylvania -

Notes

"What's frightening about Estelle is that there are so many similarities between her and my mom. They're both little ladies, they're both redheads, and they both have this fervor for life." --Jason Alexander on his "Seinfeld" mother to PEOPLE, August 28, 1995

In the PEOPLE profile, Alexander further went on that off-camera, Harris was "frisky, liberal and pretty hip. She's not maternal in any other sense than she's very loving."

"I love to make people happy. They're not going to remember you if you make them miserable, right?" --Estelle Harris in PEOPLE, August 28, 1995

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husband:
Sy Harris. Window-treatment salesperson. Married c. 1953.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Isaac Nussbaum. Owned candy store.
mother:
Anna Nussbaum.
son:
Eric Harris. Social worker. Born c. 1957.
son:
Glen Harris. Music promoter, publicist. Born c. 1961.
daughter:
Taryn Harris. Retired police officer. Born c. 1964; retired on disability.
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