Toy Story and Seinfeld actress Estelle Harris dies aged 93 2 months ago

Toy Story and Seinfeld actress Estelle Harris dies aged 93

Tributes have been pouring in for the beloved actress.

Estelle Harris, who is best known for her performances in Pixar's Toy Story and on Seinfeld, has passed away aged 93.

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The American actress won fans and acclaim for playing George Costanza's mother, Estelle Costanza, on the hit comedy show, but she also thrilled younger audiences for voicing Mrs Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise.

According to a statement given to Deadline by her son Glen Harris, the actress passed away due to natural causes in Palm Desert, California on Saturday, just a few days shy of her 94th birthday.

Mr Harris said: "It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25pm.

"Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her."

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As well as her roles in Seinfeld and Toy Story, Harris enjoyed a prolific acting career in film and television, and had roles in Futurama, The Looney Toons, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, iCarly, ER, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kim Possible, Star Trek and Aladdin.

Jason Alexander, who played her on-screen son in Seinfeld, paid tribute to Estelle on Twitter.

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He wrote: "One of my favorite people has passed - my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always."

Actress Giselle Eisenberg, who starred alongside Estelle in a commercial shared a memory on Twitter, in which Estelle encouraged the director to allow Giselle to keep her costume.

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Giselle wrote: "Estelle was funny, beautiful, kind & incredibly talented! We made a commercial together once and she told the director 'I'm not doing another take until you promise to give Giselle this dress to keep!' They gave me the dress. I will cherish knowing Estelle forever."