18 Facts About ‘The Golden Girls’ You Never Heard Until Now
The Rose/Blanche Switch
Originally, Rose Nylund was supposed to be played by McClanahan, who played a similar character on ‘Maude.’ Additionally, Betty White played a man eater on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ Though they were comfortable in these familiar roles, the producers of the show didn’t want Golden Girls to come across as a knockoff. Therefore, they asked the ladies to learn the lines of both their intended characters and each other’s. The switch originally didn’t sit well with Betty White, but both women learned to love their new roles. All this and more is detailed in the book Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind The Lanai.