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Estelle Harris
Born Estelle Nussbaum
April 4, 1928 (1928-04-04) (age 81)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedienne
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Sy Harris (1953-present; 3 children)

Estelle Harris (born April 4, 1928) is an American actress and comedienne, often recognized for her role on the TV series Seinfeld, as George Costanza's mother, Estelle, from 1992 to 1998.


Personal life

Harris was born Estelle Nussbaum in New York City in 1928,[1] the daughter of Anna and Isaac Nussbaum, who owned a candy store. Married to Sy Harris since 1953, Harris is the mother of three, including disabled former New York City police officer, Taryn Harris. Estelle and Sy Harris escaped serious injury after their car blew a tire and flipped twice outside Los Angeles on September 20, 2001.


She is best-known for her supporting role as Estelle Costanza, George's (Jason Alexander) mother and Frank's (Jerry Stiller) wife on Seinfeld, her voice role in Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 as Mrs. Potato Head, and her role as Muriel on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

She has voiced such characters as Lula, the enchanted sword from Dave the Barbarian, Mama Lipsky on Kim Possible, Thelma on The Proud Family, Old Lady Bear in Brother Bear (2003), Audrey the Chicken in Home on the Range (2004), Death's Mother on Family Guy, and Mrs. Halverstat on iCarly.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Looking Up Irma
Summerdog Mrs. Baleeka
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Peggy's Mother
1985–1986 Night Court Easy Mary Episodes: "Halloween II: The Return of Leon", "Flo's Retirement", "Dad's First Date"
1987 Married with Children Delilah Episode: "Al Loses His Cherry"
1988 Stand and Deliver Estelle
1990 Mathnet Postal Worker Episode: "The Case of the Swami Scam"
1991 Brooklyn Bridge Esther Shapiro Episode: "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"
1992 This Is My Life Aunt Harriet
Law & Order Mrs. Rachlin Episode: "Intolerance"
Mad About You Mother Episode: "Sofa's Choice"
1992–1998 Seinfeld Estelle Costanza 28 episodes
1993 Good Advice Ronnie Cohen TV series
1995 Ski Hard Mama Saxer
Chicago Hope Speaker at Funeral Episode: "Heartbreak"
Perfect Alibi Aunt Dorothy
Aladdin Additional Voices Episode: "While the City Snoozes While the City Snoozes"
Timon and Pumbaa Timon's Mother (voice) Episode: "Mombasa-In-Law/The Laughing Hyenas: TV Dinner"
In the House Mrs. Claus Episode: "Christmas Story"
1996 The Tick Arthur's Mother (voice) Episode: "The Tick vs. Dot and Neil's Wedding"
Star Trek Voyager Old Woman Episode: "Sacred Ground"
1997 Moesha Frances Howie Episode: "Break a Leg"
Living Single Esther Brooks Episode: "Back in the Day"
Cybill Woman Episode: "From Boca, With Love"
Out to Sea Bridget
1998 Chairman of the Board Mrs. Krubavitch
The Odd Couple II Flirting Woman
My Giant Aunt Pearl
Addams Family Reunion Grandma Addams
Hercules Phil's Mother Episode: "Hercules and the King for a Day" (voice)
The Wild Thornberrys Turtle Episode: "Eliza-cology" (voice)
1999 Queer Duck Mrs. Duckstein TV series (voice)
Lost & Found Mrs. Stubblefield
Sunset Beach Organist 1 episode
The Parkers Miss Agnes Episode: "Scammed Straight"
Toy Story 2 Mrs. Potato Head (voice)
1999–2000 House of Mouse Mrs. Turtle 4 episodes (voice)
2000 Playing Mona Lisa Aunt Velva
What's Cooking? Aunt Bea
Dancing in September Sally
Providence Darlene Episode: "Syd in Wonderland"
2001 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Dora Episode: "Sabrina, the Muse"
Family Guy Death's Mother Episode: "Death Lives" (voice)
2005–2008 Suite Life of Zack and Cody Muriel 13 episodes
2007 iCarly Mrs. Halberstadt Episode: "iScream on Halloween"
The Grand Ruth 'Nana' Melvin
2009 American Dad! Woman on the Golf Course Episode: "In Country...Club" (voice)
Curb Your Enthusiasm Herself/Estelle Costanza Episode: "The Table Road"
2010 Toy Story 3 Mrs. Potato Head in production (voice)


  1. ^ Born in 1928 as per the 1930 United States census and Intelius

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