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“The Golden Ladies,” the beloved Emmy-winning NBC sitcom that ran from 1985 to 1992, remains popular for the hilarious — and typically inappropriate — hijinks of 4 single, getting older ladies who share a house in Miami. However whereas the on-camera chemistry between Rose Nylund (Betty White), Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty) nonetheless charms viewers, the temper was decidedly totally different behind the scenes.
The most recent episode of “The Originals,” a podcast hosted by leisure journalist Andrew Goldman and produced in partnership with Los Angeles Journal, contains an April 2021 interview with the sitcom’s casting director Joel Thurm, who recounts how the main girls, particularly Arthur, actually felt about White — who died this past New Year’s Eve, weeks earlier than her one hundredth birthday.
“Actually Bea Arthur, who I solid in one thing else afterward, simply stated, ‘Oh, she’s a f – – king c – – t,’ utilizing that phrase,” Thurm says on the podcast. He additionally shares these particulars in his forthcoming ebook, “Intercourse, Medicine, & Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director,” out this spring.
“Bea Arthur known as Betty White a C-word?” Goldman asks within the interview.
“Yeah, she known as her the C-word. I imply, I heard that with my very own ears,” Thurm replies. “And by the way in which, so did Rue McClanahan. Rue McClanahan stated it to me in Joe Allen’s [restaurant]; Bea Arthur [when she was] on the set of ‘Beggars and Choosers.’ ”
On the podcast, listeners can hear Goldman’s nervous laughter.
“It was an enormous shock to me,” Goldman, 49, advised The Publish. “I do know there are people who find themselves deeply into ‘The Golden Ladies’ lore and there’s been some discuss of this previously, however really interviewing Joel, who had a entrance seat for all of this motion, and truly spoke to each of the celebs and heard them say very related issues, was a complete shock to me.”
Within the episode, Thurm then recollects how Getty — who died in 2008 at 84 from Lewy Physique Dementia — started having points memorizing her strains on-set.
“And she or he would write the strains on her hand, and … Betty White would make enjoyable of her in entrance of the dwell viewers,” says Thurm. “Which will look like a minor transgression, but it surely actually does get to you … I don’t know how Estelle Getty felt, however I do know the opposite two didn’t like [White] in any respect.”
Whispers of the off-camera rift between Arthur, McClanahan and White have lengthy been floating round, with McClanahan, who died in 2010 at 76 from a cerebral hemorrhage, also admitting that Arthur was recognized to name White the C-word. Predictably, commenters have blamed the feud on jealousy, suggesting Arthur was jealous when White grew to become the present’s first solid member to be nominated for a Greatest Actress Emmy in 1986.
The women additionally had totally different approaches to appearing, which created stress. Within the 2016-published “Golden Girls Forever” biography, creator Jim Colucci famous that Arthur remained in character throughout taping, whereas White relaxed between photographs and joked round with the dwell studio viewers.
“I believe my mother didn’t dig that,” Arthur’s adoptive son, Matthew Saks, told the Hollywood Reporter in 2016, seven years after she died of most cancers at 86. “It’s extra about being targeted or conserving your power. It’s simply not the correct time to speak to followers between takes. Betty was in a position to do it and it didn’t appear to have an effect on her. However it rubbed my mother the incorrect method.”
Solely in 2011 did White give her facet of the story, saying in an interview, “Bea had a reserve. She was not that keen on me. She discovered me a ache within the neck typically. It was my constructive perspective — and that made Bea mad typically. Typically if I used to be completely satisfied, she’d be livid!”
White echoed the sentiment in an look on the “Pleasure Behar: Say Something” present that very same yr: “I don’t know what I ever did,” she stated of Arthur. “I don’t know, however she was not that thrilled with me.”
Goldman notes that followers typically don’t see the human facet of adored actors who’ve died.
“You don’t hear in regards to the blemishes of their careers or of their personalities,” he advised The Publish. “And I really feel like Betty White was an instance of — even earlier than she died — of being heralded … due to her longevity and her longevity in her profession, that are each admirable. I don’t suppose you would survive [decades] in present enterprise with out having often sharp elbows.”