Actress Estelle Harris dead at 93

Actress Estelle Harris, who was best known for her role as George Costanza’s mother on the hit sitcom “Seinfeld,” died Saturday at the age of 93.

Harris died of natural causes in Palm Springs, California, her son, Glen, told Deadline.

“It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25pm,” Glen Harris said. “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”

Estelle Harris rose to fame starting in 1992, when she first appeared as George’s mother, also named Estelle, on the iconic NBC show “Seinfeld.”

She went on to portray Estelle Costanza in 27 episodes of the “show about nothing.”

“During her character’s meltdowns, often in response to slights and offenses to propriety, Ms. Harris deployed a screech that had the urgency of a hyena in its death throes,” The New York Times reported.

“When she whined about ‘waiting for hours,’ that final word had three, maybe four moan-like syllables. The combination of stiffness and violence in her gesticulations expressed a forbidding level of psychological tension.”

Harris mastered the art of building toward a memorable outburst, the outlet added: “She began her scenes in a sane register of a volatile emotion — recrimination, self-pity, bafflement — and by the end of the sequence arrived at an outburst so intense it could only be farcical.”

Following her success on Seinfeld, Harris went on to voice Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” movies. She also played the character Muriel on the Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” according to NPR.

Harris’ passing was mourned by many on social media, including actor Jason Alexander, who portrayed her on-screen son, George, on “Seinfeld.”

Harris is survived by three children, as well as grandchildren and a great-grandson.