Estelle Harris who memorably played George’s mother Estelle Costanza on “Seinfeld” and also was the indelible voice of Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise is dead.
Her representative Michael Eisenstadt told Variety that she died of natural causes at the age of 93.
Harris was best known for her distinctive voice and comedic timing, forever cemented by her role as the mother of George (Jason Alexander) in “Seinfeld,” where she appeared on 27 episodes. Her foil was Jerry Stiller, who played Frank Costanza, and the three characters engaged in countless scenes of lovable bickering.
Her son Glen Harris said in a statement;
“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25 p.m.
“Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy, and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”
The actress was born Estelle Nussbaum on April 4, 1928, in Manhattan, and got her start in Hollywood in Looking Up and then Once Upon a Time in America before landing a 3-episode gig on Night Court. She was married to her late husband Sy Harris from 1953 until his death in January 2021.
Harris is survived by three children; Eric, Glen, and Taryn, three grandsons, and a great-grandson.