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

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Who’s the mama?

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Blanche’s mother, sometimes called ‘Big Mommy,’ is mostly referred to as Elizabeth. However, in some instances she’s called Samantha. This is odd since her full name appears on the show- Elizabeth Ann Hollingsworth. Her first name is inspiration for Blanche’s middle one, and Dorothy makes the observation that Blanche’s initials spell BED. Elizabeth, in frail health, appears in one episode of the show. She’s shown in a nursing home and surprises Blanche by not only recognizing her but recalling in detail one of Blanche’s naughtier episodes as a teenager. By the time Blanche’s father, Big Daddy, passes, he joins Elizabeth in the family cemetery.

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