‘The Golden Girls’: Betty White Says the Show Could Have Continued, If Not for a Cast Member’s Unhappiness: ‘We Ended Just a Clip Early’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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A success present throughout its heyday within the 1980s, The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons and is taken into account probably the most treasured comedy collection in tv historical past.

Betty White, the final surviving Golden Girl, thinks the vastly profitable present, which simply celebrated its 35th anniversary, might have gone on a number of seasons past when it resulted in 1992. Here’s what she needed to say.

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Betty White thinks ‘The Golden Girls’ had extra life left in it

In a 1997 dialog with the Archive of American Television, Betty White opened up about her feeling that the collection didn’t have to finish in 1992. She spoke on the forged mates’ closeness after which, finally, unhappiness with the present.

“It’s like four points on a compass,” White stated. “We were each so different from the other and I think that’s why we fit together so well. And for the first five years, it was such a happy….we’d sit around and instead of going to our dressing rooms, we’d sit around and yak and talk about very intimate things.”

Bea Arthur ‘wasn’t completely happy’

By the present’s seventh season, actor Bea Arthur, who died in 2009, had grown dissatisfied with being on the present and felt the writers had gone so far as they might with the characters. She needed out, as White defined.

“The last couple of years Bea just decided she didn’t want to do situation comedy anymore,” the Hot in Cleveland star stated. “She wasn’t comfortable, she wasn’t happy. Some of the bloom rubbed off a little bit. I think we ended [the series] just a clip early. I think there was a lot of life but there’s no point if one isn’t happy.”

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Jim Colucci, writer of Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind The Lanai, advised Fox News in 2016 that Arthur’s discontent might have been private.

“Bea was offended,” he stated. “When the writers called Rose [Betty White] dumb or Blanche [Rue McClanahan] a slut or Sophia [Estelle Getty] old, it could roll off those women’s backs because they were not like their characters. Unfortunately, the things that were said about Dorothy were that she was big and ugly. And that wears on an actress after a while.”

The present simply celebrated its 35th anniversary

The Golden Girls this 12 months hits the unbelievable milestone of 35 years. That’s virtually 4 a long time of guffaws, friendship, and new followers.

An side of this system lots of the present’s followers appreciated was how actual the writers saved the scripts. It wasn’t all laughs on a regular basis, as proven in episodes reminiscent of one wherein Rose discovers she might have AIDS attributable to a blood transfusion.

As Colucci quoted Betty White as saying in his e book, “Not only were people understandably afraid of AIDS, but a lot of people wouldn’t even admit it existed,” she stated. “So this was a daring episode to do, and the writers went straight for it.”

“It’s interesting that they picked Rose for that situation. Blanche was such a busy lady, but if it had been her story it would have taken on a whole other color. But with Rose being Miss Not-Always-With-It, it came as a real surprise.”

That’s why we love The Golden Girls a lot. Those girls tackled life with grace, humor, and honesty that has made the collection related for generations of followers.

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