Every once in a while a certain TV character enters your heart and has the power to leave an imprint that stays. The Golden Girls had four of those characters! Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia were, from the beginning an awesome foursome that proved that no matter where you came from, or what your belief system was, you could be wonderful friends, a family of sorts! They lived together, they laughed together, they cried together. They loved and fought together.
Our four “golden” ladies had such personality, such charisma that it was easy to believe that they truly loved each other. And with such a strong bond, it was easy to believe that that love carried from on screen to off screen. Or not. Perhaps our four “golden” ladies also had such amazing acting talent, that fans and viewers were easily led to think that they were “tight” all of the time.
But, sadly, that was not the case. Perhaps a lot of Dorothy’s annoyance towards Rose’s simple minded child likeness was not too far from how Bea actually felt toward Betty. It has been reported (or in my case read) in several instances that Bea could not stand Betty! How sad! Who doesn’t like Betty White? I was nearly heart broken to learn this!
I have read that Bea disliked Betty from the beginning of the show’s start on September 13, 1985. Bea felt that Betty White had the attitude that she was the star of the show and behaved in such a way and even tried to tell Bea how to deliver her lines! Yikes! Rue McClanahan has been quoted as saying “Bea used to called Betty a c–t”, (you know, the nasty “c” word)!!
Years after the show ended, and being the last “girl” standing so to say, Betty was able to air her views in an interview CNN about Bea Arthur’s dislike of her. Betty’s feelings were that Bea could not stand her happy, cheery disposition. The happier Betty White was, the angrier Bea Arthur would get. Betty also thinks that Bea had an attitude problem because it was Betty that was the first to receive an Emmy first. Sure doesn’t sound like a good friend to me!
I have also read that Susan Harris, the creator of the mega-hit show, said that she felt the problem stemmed from the different backgrounds in which the two came from. Bea came from Broadway, Betty from TV series. Betty would talk to the audiences, flirt with them and make them laugh. Bea never really acknowledged the audience. Performing on Broadway is a lot different from starring in a TV series, I would think.
Another article I read suggested that there was a problem when both actresses being animal rights activists, shot an episode that had dogs in it.
I guess when you get right down to it, they were actresses! And they sure did do a great job! The show was nominated for 57 Emmys in total, 7 of which were for “Best In Comedy” series. Each of the 4 main characters were awarded an Emmy at some point through the series run.
As for me…I will continue to watch The Golden Girls day in and day out and laugh out loud and I will continue to love them ALL and treasure my Golden Girl collection!