21 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Golden Girls
AT FIRST, NBC WAS AGAINST CASTING BEA AS DOROTHY.
Why, you ask? Well, Brandon Tartikoff, NBC’s president at the time, thought that her audience appeal was too low. Although she was well-known at the time, she just wasn’t considered likable enough – and it was all because of a previous role she played (it was a controversial TV character named Maude Finley, who chose to get an abortion before the passage ofÂ Roe v. Wade). Producers worried that this could actually hurt the ratings forÂ The Golden Girls. However, the part was already written with Bea in mind, and the show creator insisted on getting her.