One of the most famous opening lyrics for a television show theme song has got to be: "Thank you for being a friend!" When you hear it, you immediately think of the faces of four of the most witty and charismatic women in television history: The Golden Girls!
Despite your best intentions, you’re completely addicted to this award-winning television sitcom about a group of older women who all live together under one roof in Miami, Florida. Created by Susan Harris in 1985, The Golden Girls ended in 1992 but has stood the test of time when it comes to classic comedy.
These living works of fiction all have a place in every Golden fan's heart! These ladies also make senior in home care even more enjoyable since you can watch them every day from the comfort of your home.
Who Are These Women Made of Gold?
If you’re in need of a refresher about The Golden Girls television show, let’s play catch up. The Golden Girls stars Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty.
Dorothy Zbornak, played by Bea Arthur, was a Brooklyn-born substitute teacher. Dorothy became pregnant in high school and chose to marry Stanley Zbornak, played by Herbert Edelman. The couple divorced after thirty-eight years of marriage because Stan’s hungry eyes feasted upon a younger woman. Among Dorothy’s most memorable threats to shout at her mother Sophia Petrillo was, “Shady Pines, Ma!”
Rose Nylund, played by Betty White, took pride in the retelling of stories about her hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota. Rose was married to Charlie Nylund, the loving father of her five children, until his death. She moved to Miami to become a grief counselor. Rose was named St. Olaf’s Woman of the Year in 1988 and was once married to a former mafia member.
Blanche Devereaux, played by Rue McClanahan, was a Southern belle born with a silver spoon in her mouth in Atlanta, Georgia and was the youngest Golden Girl. Blanche had six children and was widowed to George Devereaux. She had a voracious appetite for male courtship, and was considered the most glamorous household member on the series.
Sophia Petrillo, played by the incomparable Estelle Getty, brought the heart and the soul of the The Golden Girls together with her biting wit, seasoned vet charm, and loud ranting. Proud of her Sicilian heritage, Sophia lived her life based on the principles of her past. She was married twice, had three children (one of whom is our beloved Dorothy Zbornak). Not too big a fan of senior in home care, Sophia lived her life as independently as possible… under the guidance of Dorothy, of course!
Fun Facts About America’s Golden Ladies
Listed below are a few industry facts for you television entertainment buffs:
- 65 Emmy Nominations and 11 Emmy Awards – Arthur, White, McClanahan, and Getty all won Emmy’s for their performances on the hit show. On two occasions, the show also won a PrimeTime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
- 4 Golden Globe Awards – The series was awarded three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy.
- 2 Viewers for Quality Television Awards
- In addition to achieving success on an award-winning television sitcom, all four the lead actresses were named Disney Legends, a program established by The Walt Disney Company.
You can continue to enjoy senior in home care by keeping your local television channel tuned in to reruns of The Golden Girls. Enjoy the zany antics of Sophia, the bare knuckles truth telling of Dorothy, the ravishing and vivacious Blanche, and the super wacky Rose while at home!