It is hard to believe that the four leading ladies of the iconic hit 1980’s TV sitcom Golden Girls would be anything but the best of friends. The comedy series featured nothing but fun times, intimate talks, sharing life pains and successes, and some genuine chemistry between the foursome of Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche. But what fans of the show didn’t know was that when the cameras weren’t rolling, the actresses were less than harmonious with one another on set. Here are 20 surprising behind the scene facts about the Golden Girls.
While her character was always the voice of reason and wisdom, behind that cool and calm exterior Estelle Getty struggled with severe stage fright. Each week while portraying her character, Sophia Petrillo, Getty struggled to get through filming but was often filled with anxiety and would forget her lines. Her co-star Rue McClanahan shared that Getty would start to panic the day before and was so uptight that she wasn’t herself. The Golden Girls was Getty’s first big TV role.
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Fans always knew that when it was cheesecake time, it was also time for the ladies to spill their guts and talk through their issues. Who would have guessed however, that one of the Golden Girls actually hated those moments. It’s true: Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak on the show, hated the popular dessert.
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Casting could have gone horribly wrong for the 1980s TV sitcom if Betty White played southern belle Blanche Devereaux. White was originally cast in the role, but luckily she ended up playing Rose Nylund after producers determined it would be a bad idea for White to take on such a familiar character. The actress previously played the role of a nymphomaniac on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.