Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls Easily one of television’s best ensemble casts. Although the characters portrayed by the four actors created the perfect dynamic for the NBC sitcom, White acknowledged that there was another actor who would have made an amazing fifth Golden Girl. Here’s what the veteran actor had to say.
‘The Golden Girls’ is still relevant after more than 3 decades
The Golden Girls was an instant hit for NBC when it first premiered in 1985. And it has been running for nearly four decades, winning new generations of fans.
While the sitcom mostly kept the situations of its episodes light, at times the show’s writers used their platform to draw attention to important issues, such as the AIDS epidemic that peaked during the show’s run. Rose learns in one episode that she may have got AIDS from a blood transfusion.
As James Colucci quoted Betty White as saying in his book on the bizarre quartet, Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai“Not only were people afraid of AIDS, but many people didn’t even believe it existed,” she said. “So it was a daring episode to do, and the writers went straight for it.
“It’s interesting that they chose Rose for that position. Blanche was such a busy woman, but if this was her story it would have taken on another color. But with Rose being Miss Not-Always-With-It, this one Came as a real surprise.”
that’s what made The Golden Girls A modern classic: Both the show’s writers and its cast tackle life with the authentic grace, humor, and honesty that have kept the series relevant.
White’s Choice for the 5th Golden Girl
in your book Betty White on TV: From Video Vanguard to Golden Girl, writer Wesley Hyatt recalls White’s appearance Conversation with Betty White, “A Female Variety Special on Disney Channel” in 1989. The special featured a “question-and-answer session … as Carol Burnett did in the beginning” with members of the audience. The Carol Burnett Show”
During the audience session, the five-time Emmy winner was asked ‘If there could be a fifth Golden Girl, who would be your pick?’
“Well, a good question,” Hyatt quoted White as saying. “Carol Burnett, I guess. Can’t you see Carol stirring up that equation and wreaking havoc?”
Carol Burnett and White Went Too Back
For her part, Burnett returned love for White, as she wrote in her 2016 memoir In Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox.
“I first met Betty in New York in the early sixties when she and I were frequent guests on game shows. Password, Hosted by Alan Luden. She and Alan married in 1963, and [Burnett’s second husband Joe Hamilton] And I became close friends with the newlyweds.”
Eventually, White made a guest appearance on Burnett’s popular variety show. “When Betty was visiting our show as a guest, we got the idea to play Younes’ equally bitchy sister Ellen in the ‘Family’ sketch. I loved the scenes with us. She was around Mama. The pass was sweet, but he was taken to Younis with a ‘velvet hammer’ delivery on every occasion.”
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