‘The Golden Girls’: Betty White’s 1986 Emmy Win Left This Castmate ‘Hurt and Outraged’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Actor Betty White all through her virtually 80-year profession has received eight Emmy Awards for numerous roles within the many alternative collection she’s starred in.

One of those Emmys was in 1986 for her position as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls.

While most of her castmates on the NBC hit collection have been delighted for White, one Golden Girl was upset about her win.

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‘The Golden Girls’ is celebrating its 35th anniversary

The Golden Girls in 2020 reached the unimaginable milestone of 35 years. The beloved collection hit a mark with viewers early, turning into an enormous hit for NBC for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.

One of the present’s writers, Susan Harris, advised Out in 2010 how she got here up with every of the present’s distinctive characters.

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“The process is always the same, and it’s something that’s very hard to describe,” Harris stated. “You simply do it. You attract all walks of life from folks you’ve met.

Although the scriptwriter wrote Dorothy Zbornak’s character with Bea Arthur’s voice in her thoughts, she had no concept who can be forged in any of the present’s roles.

“I know one of the characters, Dorothy, I gave her Bea Arthur’s voice [when I was writing],” she continued. “This was before we had any casting in mind. Not that I thought we were ever going to get Bea Arthur, but it was just her voice and her tone that I had in mind. It’s much easier for me to write when I can think of somebody. We were lucky enough to get Bea.”

Betty White received an Emmy in 1986 and Bea Arthur was not pleased

Once the present began in 1985, it was instantly up for Emmys in 1996. In reality, the three leads on this system have been all nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series”: Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan.

In her 2007 memoir, My First Five Husbands..And the Ones Who Got Away, Rue McClanahan touched on the issue Bea Arthur had in seeing Betty White win the present’s first Emmy in that class.

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“It was awkward to be pitted against one another in the nominations year after year,” the Blanche Devereaux actor wrote. “When Betty won the Emmy that first year, it didn’t seem to set well with Bea. Of course, she behaved impeccably in public, a composed pro on the red carpet, but behind closed doors, she seemed hurt and outraged.”

Arthur’s disappointment didn’t cease with Betty White’s win

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When McClanahan herself received the Emmy for lead actor in The Golden Girls the next 12 months, Arthur appeared simply as let down.

“When I won the second season,” McClanahan, who was within the forged of Maude with Arthur within the ’70s, stated, “I felt that Bea wasn’t able to be happy for me, even with the history we shared. She was making a lot more money than the rest of us, which you’d think would be a dandy consolation prize, but – no – scratch that.”

Eventually, Arthur received her main actor Emmy, as did “Sophia Petrillo” actor Estelle Getty.

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