HomeArts & EntertainmentTV & ShowbizEstelle Harris, Mrs. Costanza on 'Seinfeld,' Dead at 93

Estelle Harris, Mrs. Costanza on ‘Seinfeld,’ Dead at 93

Estelle Harris, who became one of TV’s most beloved characters as George Costanza’s perpetually nagging mother on Seinfeld, died Saturday at the age of 93. Her son, Glen Harris, confirmed the actress’ death to The Hollywood Reporter.

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

Although she only appeared in under 30 episodes between 1992 and 1998, Harris’ melodramatic portrayal of George’s mom, Estelle Costanza, became an instant fan favorite character, with her exaggerated mannerisms and constant bickering with George and husband Frank a favorite part of the show. Later in her career, she became an in-demand voice actor, portraying Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise alongside vocal roles in Tarzan II, The Family Guy and Kim Possible. Her final film role came in 2019 with Toy Story 4.

Harris was nearly 50 when she first appeared in the 1977 film Looking Up and took on minor roles throughout the 1980s and early Nineties. She immediately made an impactful debut on Seinfeld, appearing in the Season Four episode “The Contest,” in which the main characters bet on who could hold off masturbating the longest. Over the course of six seasons, she became a constant foil to her son George, humorously haranguing him over his career, lack of romantic prospects and virtually everything else.


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