The Golden Girls

Picture It: Celebrating 35 Years of The Golden Girls

By Julia Vargas, Walt Disney Archives Thank you for being a friend! September 14, 2020, marks 35 years since Touchstone Television’s The Golden Girls first aired on NBC. Early press materials describe the show as “[capturing] the humorous and poignant relationships that develop between four single women—two widows, a divorcee and her mother—spending their golden …

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D23 Presents The Golden Girls: Cheers to 35 Years!

Join D23 and ABC as we say thank you for being a fan, and reunite The Golden Girls producers Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan for an unforgettable discussion. This September 14 marks 35 years since the first episode of The Golden Girls debuted in 1985, launching the series that grew into a global phenomenon! Hosted …

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Giving Thanks for Our Favorite Disney Families

Thanksgiving is a time for family—and though that endearing term often refers to a traditional blood-related grouping of mom, dad and the kids, the fam that gathers for the feast can come in all sizes and shapes and configurations. For the Disney fanatic, D23 has cooked up a full menu of favorite Disney families for …

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Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke

About this same time, Walt Disney approached him about playing Bert in Mary Poppins. After reading the script, however, Dick not only wanted to play Bert but also the fearsome chairman of the bank who eventually dies laughing.

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Actress Betty White in The Golden Girls

Betty White

By any standard, Betty White is one of the most popular and beloved American actresses of this or any time.

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Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

Tall, husky-voiced, hilariously forthright if not downright acid-tongued, Beatrice “Bea” Arthur commanded attention, whether she was on stage or the TV screen.

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Estelle Getty in The Golden Girls

Estelle Getty

“I know this lady I’m playing. She’s partly me and partly my imagination, but she’s an original and that’s what I’ve been playing all my life—original characters.” —Estelle Getty, on her role as Sophia Petrillo in The Golden Girls

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Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

The Golden Girls hilariously redefined viewer notions of how respectable older women ought to behave. Rue’s hilarious turn as an unrepentantly oversexed senior citizen endlessly recalling, with her spot-on Southern drawl, escapades from days gone by threatened to steal the show every week.

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