On April 2, Estelle Harris sadly passed away.
The 93-year-old actress passed away on Saturday night of natural causes in Palm Desert, California, just two days shy of her 94th birthday on April 4. She was born on April 4, 1928.
Her son, Glen Harris told Deadline, “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.”
Harris appeared as Mrs. Costanza on 27 episodes of “Seinfeld” from 1992 to 1998. Her character had been named Estelle even before she was given the part, which is why she may have seemed so naturally suited for the role. She first appeared in “The Contest” when she ends up in the hospital after she walks in on George losing the contest. As always, hilarity continues to ensue even there.
‘Seinfeld’ Fans Celebrate Estelle Harris’ Best Moments As Mrs. Costanza
George Costanza puts his fiancée on the phone with his mother…
Mrs. C: Congratulations!
Susan: I just want you to know that I love your son very much.
Mrs. C: You do?
Mrs. C: Really?
Mrs. C: May I ask why?
Rest In Peace, Estelle Harris. #khou11
— The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) April 3, 2022
On fan put together the whole conversation between Mrs. Costanza and Susan in the 1995 episode “The Engagement,” when George reveals to his mother that he is finally ready to get married.
R.I.P. Estelle Harris, who played Estelle Costanza on “Seinfeld.”
“GEORGE LIKES THE BANANAS!”
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 3, 2022
Andrew Mason tweeted, “For my money, there were no two retired parents more perfectly cast and portrayed in sitcom history than Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris as Frank and Estelle Costanza. Pure comic brilliance.”
rip to the iconic estelle harris pic.twitter.com/5yPs3BXwRS
— george can’t-stand-ya news + facts (@grgecantstandya) April 3, 2022
Estelle was first introduced in the episode “The Contest” where George still can’t help but get distracted by the woman behind the curtain, even when his mother is in the hospital!
“I go out for a quarter-milk, I come home and find my son treating his body like it was an amusement park!”
Estelle Harris was pitch perfect as George’s mum. Her and Jerry Stiller are The GOAT TV parents. Every ep with the Costanzas was a riot. #RIPEstelleHarris pic.twitter.com/jRjFqARnLq
— Michael Phelan (@bymichaelphelan) April 3, 2022
Michael Phelan quoted the classic line in one of his tweets, calling her and Jerry Stiller, who played George’s father, the greatest TV parents of all time!
I quote this scene at least once a week. RIP Estelle Harris ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lrPMjJc9aN
— Bean (@bbbbbbbbbene) April 3, 2022
“You’re supposed to serve cake after a meal.” Words to leave by! “We’re sitting there like idiots, drinking coffee, without a piece of cake!”
A Lot Of Fans Love Estelle Harris & ‘The Contest’ Hospital Scene!
Rest In Peace to the hilarious and talented Estelle Harris. Here she is in one of her best roles, as George Costanza’s mother Estelle, on Seinfeld. Specifically, one of the funniest television episodes ever, The Contest. #EstelleHarris #Seinfeld pic.twitter.com/zOKSrBpYE2
— Dylan Slemp 🐵 (@elongatedbean) April 3, 2022
Many fans kept resharing the clip from “The Contest” and called it “one of the funniest television episodes ever.”
Farewell Estelle Harris. Scenes with these three together are as funny as TV has ever been pic.twitter.com/H4OcUaTkRe
— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) April 3, 2022
Darren Richman tweeted, “Farewell Estelle Harris. Scenes with these three together are as funny as TV has ever been.” He also shared a clip of the jello scene. Between that line and George’s outburst about the scissors, it’s a scene that fans can’t forget! “GEORGE LIKES THE BANANAS!”
The chemistry between Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris was second to none. May they continue arguing in paradise. #RIPEstelleHarris #Seinfeld @IJasonAlexander pic.twitter.com/OSekQ39Ise
— Sammy Z (@samziegelman) April 3, 2022
Other fans couldn’t hold back their praise for the constant bickering between Jerry Stiller and Estelle Harris. The comedian passed away on May 11, 2020.
What a wonderful & talented lady was Estelle Harris. Sincere condolences to her family, loved ones & all that knew her personally or from Seinfeld. R.I.P. She will be sadly missed. I think I will spend the rest of the day watching the shows.😢🙏🕯️💐 #RIPEstelleHarris pic.twitter.com/XQlQph7O6w
— 🇺🇸 Big Al On The Prowl ⭐️ (@BigAlOnTheProwl) April 3, 2022
And, of course, who could forget that creepy doll?