Who is Estelle Harris and Why Was She So Famous?
Estelle Harris was an extremely shrill, grating-voiced actress and comedienne from the United States. She’s most recognized for her role on Seinfeld as Estelle Costanza.
Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, Muriel in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Mama Gunda in Tarzan II are just a few of her other credits.
Estelle Nussbaum was born on April 4, 1928, in Manhattan, New York, the younger of two daughters of Polish Jewish immigrants Isaac (“Ira”) and Anna Nussbaum, who had a candy business.
When she was seven years old, she relocated to Tarentum, Pennsylvania, to be closer to her aunt and uncle, who had invited her father to work in their candy shop. Tarentum High School is where she graduated.
Why Was Estelle Harris So Famous?
Estelle Harris is so famous for her distinctive extremely shrill, grating voice. She had also featured in lots of screenplays including Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise, Muriel in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and Mama Gunda in Tarzan II.
Harris made her long-form acting debut in 1977 with the film Looking Up, which follows three generations of a working-class Jewish family in New York City.
She rose to prominence as Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld, where she had a supporting part.
In the third-season Voyager episode “Sacred Ground,” which aired on October 20, 1996, she played the Old Woman, who was actually a manifestation of the Nechani Spirits.
She had a minor role in Out to Sea as Bridget (1997). She performed the voice of Mrs. Potato Head in Toy Story 2 (1999), and she would reprise the role throughout the franchise.
She appeared in Tarzan II as Mama Gunda in 2005. Harris has a recurring role as Muriel on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She had an appearance in Brad Paisley’s music video for the song “Online” in 2007.
In Toy Story 3, Harris resumed her role as Mrs. Potato Head (2010). Bertha Kristal, the mother of CBGB founder Hilly Kristal, was played by her in CBGB (2013).