In 1953 Estelle Harris wed window treatment salesman Sy Harris at the age of 24. They would go on to have two sons and one daughter named Eric, Glen and Taryn (via The Los Angeles Times). The couple first lived in Brooklyn, New York, and eventually moved to Bellmore, Long Island when their children were young. Harris revealed that during her marriage, her young family had trouble making ends meet on her husband’s earnings as a salesman. Harris explained, “Things were kind of rough, with three kids and a home on Long Island.” She would later take a part-time job as a bookkeeper by day, pursuing acting at night. “A hard life stretches you,” she explained (via The New York Times).
Harris always loved to work and cited that aspect of her life and being with her family as the things she enjoyed the most. “Work was very exciting. I always was artistically fulfilled, which I never was as a stay-home parent with other stay-home parents. I always felt misplaced.”
In a true tribute to her life and career, her son Glen shared, “Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”