On New Year’s Eve, Betty White, the last surviving Golden Girl, passed away in her home at 99-years-old.
Since the tragic news, fans and celebrities joined forces to mourn the beloved actress. President Joe Biden and former First Lady Michelle Obama mourned White in public statements. Other well-known faces such as Viola Davis, Sandra Bullock, and Ryan Reynolds spoke kind words about the late The Mary Tyler Moore actress.
The Golden Girls ran for seven seasons on NBC from 1985 to 1992. The series is one of the few shows whose main characters were all played by older women. Although the main stars were all older actresses, the sitcom continues to bring attention from all generations. But, if you’re an OG Golden Girls fan, you’re likely to remember some of these celebrities that guest-starred on the show over the years.
But first, does anyone remember the sitcom’s spin-off, The Golden Palace? If not, that’s likely because it didn’t last long after its original series ended in 1992 after seven lovely seasons.
In the spin-off now available on Hulu, only three of the four friends stared on the sitcom. Betty White (Rose), Rue McClanahan (Blanche), and Estelle Getty (Sophia) continued playing their characters.
Hmm, maybe that’s why the series didn’t make it as long as The Golden Girls. As much as we love and adore all four members, Dorothy Zbornak played by Bea Arthur was the savage that helped hold everyone together. Her Arthur didn’t follow the spin-off after her character got married in the series finale.
Guest Stars on ‘The Golden Girls’
Okay now, let’s revisit some of the stars that guest-starred on this well-known sitcom.
Stage and screen actor, Dick van Dyke guest-starred on this sitcom in Season 5’s episode, “Love Under the Big Top.” van Dyke plays a lawyer named Ken who ends up dating Dorothy. The highlight of the episode is Ken trying a case in front of a judge while dressed as a clown. Well, we never said he couldn’t do comedy anywhere.
This shows Dorothy that she never loved Ken. If so, she would’ve stuck by him as a clown or a lawyer.
In case anyone forgot how handsome George Clooney was as a brunette young man, you might want to watch Season 2’s episode, “To Catch a Neighbor.” Clooney played a young police officer with a deep attraction to Blanche (Rue McClanahan).
In late season 6, Debbie Reynolds starred in the show as Trudy. Trudy moves in with the woman after it’s believed that Dorothy will marry her on-again-off-again boyfriend. But the wedding is called off after Dorothy’s man asks her to sign a prenup.
Trudy didn’t leave on bad terms with the women, but Reynolds never appeared on the show after that.