Estelle Reiner Wiki – Biography
Estelle Reiner was well known wife of Carl Reiner. Estelle Reiner was an American actress and singer, described by The New York Times as “matriarch of one of the leading families in American comedy”. She was the wife of Carl Reiner and the mother of Rob Reiner.
Carl Reiner’s 1960s television comedy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, recapitulated his career writing for Sid Caesar, with Carl Reiner playing the Caesar character and Dick Van Dyke portraying Reiner’s real-life job as a writer in the role of Rob Petrie. The re-creation was so complete that the Petries in the show lived on Bonnie Meadow Road in suburban New Rochelle, New York, the same street as the real-life Reiners. As described by Rob Reiner, “Basically he wrote his own life” in The Dick Van Dyke Show and that his “mother was Mary Tyler Moore”.
In her 60s, Reiner became a cabaret singer and performed for decades, until just a few years before her death. She studied the theatre with method acting pioneer Lee Strasberg and with Viola Spolin, the American Grandmother of Improvisation. She appeared in a number of film comedies, including the 1980 film Fatso with Dom DeLuise as Mrs. Goodman, and in the 1983 movies The Man With Two Brains with Steve Martin in the role “Tourist in Elevator” and in Mel Brooks’ To Be or Not to Be as Gruba.
Reiner’s most enduring film role was in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally…, in which director Rob Reiner cast his mother as a customer in a scene with stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan at Katz’s Delicatessen, in which Ryan fakes what was described as “a very public (and very persuasive) orgasm”. Approached by a waitress after Ryan finishes, Reiner deadpans “I’ll have what she’s having”. The line was ranked 33rd on the American Film Institute’s list of the Top 100 movie quotations, just behind Casablanca’s “Round up the usual suspects”.
Estelle Reiner Age
Estelle Reiner was 94 years old. She was born on June 5, 1914, in The Bronx, New York, United States. She died on October 25, 2008 in her home in Beverly Hills, California.
Estelle Reiner Cause of Death
Reiner died of natural causes on October 25, 2008 in her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 94.
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Carl Reiner Death
He died on June 29, 2020, at the age of 98, as reported by TMZ.
His son, film-maker Rob Reiner posted on social media: “Last night my dad passed away. As I write this my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.”
New York governor Andrew Cuomo also tweeted his condolences, writing: “Carl Reiner, Bronx born and bred, made TV comedy that endures to this day. He made America laugh — a true gift. New York extends our condolences to his family and many friends.”
Cause of Death
Reiner’s cause of death of natural causes, according to Vanity Fair.