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Cast & Character Biographies

The Four Lively Golden Girls....

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Bea Arthur {Dorthy Zbornak}

Occupation - Substitute School Teacher

Marital Status - Bitterly divorced from Stan

Age - Over 50

Dorothy is the tall one with the deep voice. She was married to Stan for 38 years until he went through a mid life crisis and married Chrissie, an air hostess half his age. Stan didnt have the guts to tell Dorothy when their marriage was over, instead Dorothy heard it through his solicitor and she never forgave Stan for that. They have two children, Michael and Kate.

About Bea

Beatrice Arthur was born in 1923 in New York City. In addition to The Golden Girls, Bea made her mark on television with the character of Maude Findlay in the series Maude. Bea decided to leave The Golden Girls when it was at the top and was written out of the show when she married Blanches Uncle Lucas, played by Leslie Nielson. Although great rapport remained amongst the remaining girls, the spin off from The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace was a flop and was dropped after bad ratings.


Rue McClanahan {Blanche Devereaux}

Occupation - Works in a museum

Marital Status - Widow, but always looking

Age - Over 50 but likes people to think shes as young as 35

Blanche Elizabeth Devereaux, which spookily spells B.E.D., is a self-confessed slut who is always looking for men and is always ready to share stories of her sexual conquests around the kitchen table with a slice of cheesecake and a coffee! She once made a calendar for all the girls at christmas, each month had the picture of a man whos brought special joy into her life.

About Rue

Rue McClanahan was born in 1935, in Healdton Oklahoma. In addition to playing Blanche in The Golden Girls, Rue also potrayed Vivian Harmon in Maude, starring fellow Golden Girl Bea Arthur. Nominated for 4 Emmy Awards she has won one. Rue recently won the battle against breast cancer.

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Betty White {Rose Nylund}

Occupation - Counsellor at the grief centre

Marital Status - Widow

Age - Over

Rose is the dumb one, although a sweet and well meaning person. She is renowned for telling long and often pointless stories about her old hometown, St Olaf, which horrifies the other girls. Rose discovered the room at the house when Blanche put an advert on the supermarket notice board.

About Betty

Betty White was born in 1923, in Oak Park, Illinois. Betty has been in television for an astonishing 50 years, wowing audiences with her comic timing on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and of course as Rose Nylund in The Golden Girls. Shes been nominated for a massive 13 Emmy Awards and won 4 of them!


Estelle Getty {Sophia Petrillo}

Occupation - Retired

Marital Status - Widow

Age - Over 80

Sophia is from Sicily, and is a very outspoken old lady whos mouth often lands her in trouble with daughter Dorothy. Before coming to live with the girls, she used to reside in Shady Pines Retirement Home but it was burned down. She hated Shady Pines and blames Dorothys ex-husband Stan for putting her in there. She can often be heard saying Picture it, Sicily 19?? and goes on to tell a long story about the old days, much of which Dorothy says she has made up.

About Estelle

Estelle Getty was born in 1923 in New York. Estelle is actually younger than her on-screen daughter Dorothy played by Bea Arthur. She had to sit through several hours in make-up to make herself appear older. Estelle has starred in many other shows including Empty Nest and Nurses, plus also in films such as Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot starring Sylvester Stallone, Mask starring Cher and Mannequin starring Andrew McCarthy.

If any of the cast members has a web site dedicated to just them, I might include a link to it here.