Remember the text from the theme song of the television hit The gold Girls? "Thank you for being a friend, traveled down a road and back again, your heart is true, you"re a pal and a confident"... Turns out the emotion behind those words, written by Andrew Gold, was much different. Actresses Betty White and Bea Arthur could have played close girlfriend on the Saturday night clip from 1985 to 1992, however in actual life they often were in ~ odds.

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Arthur, who played substitute teacher and also divorcee Dorothy Zbornak, and also White as the loopy and naïve rose Nylund, developed a warm camaraderie onscreen for seven years — one the resonated for viewers and also makes the sitcom still popular in reruns and also pop culture. The gold Girls landed in the optimal 10 for six of that is seasons, follow to IMDB. It likewise received 11 Emmy Awards. Rue McClanahan, who played the promiscuous Blanche Deveraux, and Estelle Getty, as spitfire Sophia Petrillo, rounded the end the cast.

Michael Musto wrote in a 2017 Village Voice article that White admitted the Arthur "was no fond the me." it was White"s positive attitude that resulted in Arthur to become angry at her. "Sometimes if i was happy, she"d be furious," White said around her costar, a mrs she often discovered reserved.


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It could additionally just it is in they had different acting philosophies. Arthur, follow to an short article in Country Living, had play the title character in Maude, a sitcom that ran from 1972-1978 about a strong, middle-aged liberal woman. On that display she functioned for writer/producers such as Norman Lear, "where sitcoms were filmed choose stage plays and also done v up-close reactions," stated Jim Colucci, the writer of Golden girls Forever: An not authorised Biography. White, on the various other hand, "was native the mar Tyler Moore school where every little thing is a very subtle personality moment. The jokes are more gentle." White had actually joined the popular case comedy in 1970, midway v its run, play the perky and also sexually forward homemaker Sue Ann Nivens.

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Additionally, Arthur presented "eccentric" characteristics, according to McClanahan, like walking on the collection barefoot — miscellaneous she demanded to have consisted of in her contract, according to Country Living. Arthur preferred standing still or continuing to be backstage in between takes so she might stay in character, while White enjoyed approaching the audience and chatting with them. In a 2017 interview with Closer Weekly, Bea"s son Matthew Saks said, "It would make my mother unhappy that in-between takes Betty would go and talk come the audience. That wasn"t jealousy. It to be a focus thing," that said.


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Despite this, White and Arthur, that lived near each various other in Los Angeles, periodically commuted together. Follow to Rue McClanahan"s 2007 memoir, My very first Five Husbands ... And the persons Who obtained Away, she believed that few of the "feud" resulted from the Emmy competition, wherein the four actresses would vie against each various other for the award. McClanahan believed that Arthur resented that White was the first of the group to win the Emmy for outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series, though eventually, every four cast mates would certainly nab the golden statue. 


Ultimately, Arthur did respect White. In a Fox interview, Saks said, "You know, I"m always being request the question if my mommy hated Betty White. It"s not the way it is. Ns think my mom had some troubles with her, yet she liked her."

At this writing, every one of the "Golden Girls" have passed away except White, who proceeds to act. Arthur passed away on April 25, 2009 of lung cancer; Getty on July 22, 2008 after a battle versus dementia; and McClanahan on June 3, 2010 after suffering a stroke.