“The Golden Girls” features one of the most iconic groups in television history. Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty made up the hilarious and dynamic four women living in Miami, Florida.
Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia are entertaining together because, in many ways, they are very different.
Betty White Talks About Group Dynamic
Dorothy was practical, hot-tempered, and sarcastic. Blanche is fun-loving and spontaneous. Sophia is traditional and level-headed. Rose is flirtatious, romantic, kind, and hilarious. Even outside of the show, each of the women was an entirely different person.
For Betty White, that’s what made both the show and their friendships outside of the show so successful.
“It’s like four points on a compass. We were each so different from the other. It was East, West, North, and South. I think that’s why we fit together so well. For the first five years, it was such a happy thing … between scenes, instead of going to our dressing rooms, we’d sit there and yack and talk about very intimate things,” Betty White said in an interview with Television Academy.
The differences are what makes each of the characters on the show so interesting. However, the four had become so cohesive that when one leaves, the entire show would fall apart.
The show ended after Bea Arthur wanted to leave after the seventh season. She had said that the show had run out of things to talk about. Betty White had said that she thought the show ended a “clip early” than what it should have. “The Golden Girls” still had exceptional ratings when it was canceled. Even now, different generations continue to be attracted to the dynamic-four with reruns.
While their characters were different, so were the actors behind those characters. There were rumors of some feuds between the cast while the show was on, but the group seemed to get along well for the most part.
According to OK! Magazine, White’s co-stars used to tease her for how much she loved animals. One day they hid a tape recorder on the wall and played cat noises to trick her into thinking a cat was stuck in the wall.
“They had a crew member put a tape recorder in a wall on the set. It played a loop of a cat meowing woefully. Betty was beside herself! She told the crew to contact the fire department and stood there talking to the wall, saying, ‘It’s going to be alright, sweetie, we will get you out of there soon,'” a friend of White said.
White is now the last surviving member of the group. She has often recalled the kind of fun the group had on the set of “The Golden Girls.”
Betty White and McClanahan had known each other from “Mama’s Family” and would play word games in between takes.
“We adored each other, It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s even possible. She was everything, as far as a friend is concerned,” White said according to People after Rue McClanahan passed away in 2010 from a stroke.
Arthur and White would clash because of the difference in high-spirited versus introverted personalities. However, despite sometimes clashing, they always bonded when it mattered.