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It is hard to imagine any actor wanting off such a successful comedy series, especially since it was Emmy gold. The Golden Girls was nominated 68 times during its seven season run. But Bea Arthur had had enough after five seasons and wanted out. It was reported that Bea was sick of playing Dorothy, who was often the butt of jokes that pegged her as too tall, manly and ugly. Luckily, producers talked her into two more seasons. The show came to an end after 183 episodes when Dorothy married Blanche’s uncle Lucas.
Their roles as a close-knit bunch of best friends and an untraditional family unit was so believable on the small screen, imagining any other dynamic is difficult. When cameras weren’t rolling however, the ladies of the Golden Girls weren’t that close in real life. Rue and Betty were reportedly the friendliest with one another and played word games. As for Bea, she often kept to herself and wouldn’t go out to eat with Rue (according to McClanahan) unless Betty was there.
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Maybe this one isn’t so hard to imagine! Before becoming the star of the sitcom Maude and the Golden Girls, Bea Arthur was a marine. The TV actress was a member of the Women’s Reserve before World War II. During her military days, Arthur worked as a typist and a truck driver. She was also said to be good with a .22 caliber rifle and a bow and arrow.