18 Facts About ‘The Golden Girls’ You Never Heard Until Now

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Dorothy. Sophia. Blanche. Rose. If those names don’t immediately bring to mind a Florida home sporting wicker furniture and tales of “Picture it…Sicily…” you’ve missed out on the gift that was The Golden Girls. The show starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty, and Rue McLanahan. Made in the eighties, it wasn’t just a fun show about the challenges of meshing very different personalities later in life. The show broke barriers and commented on politics, frequently referenced sex and sexuality like Blanche’s gay brother, and approached race in a head on, straightforward way when Dorothy’s son married into a black family. It also guest starred faces that are instantly recognizable today, before they ascended to true fame. These included Mario Lopez, George Clooney, and even Quentin Tarantino, just to name a few.

The show ran for seven seasons and totaled 180 original episodes. The women had great chemistry, and many of their most important moments happened in the kitchen. There they kicked back, ate cheesecake, and shared pieces of their lives before and during the show. Almost at once, when the show wrapped, a cult following was born that remains intact today. Scroll below to learn more about the iconic grandmas that were The Golden Girls.

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