Betty White and Bea Arthur Worked Together for 7 Years on 'Golden Girls' but the 2 Actresses Reportedly Didn't Get Along

Betty White and Bea Arthur were so great at their roles on "The Golden Girls" that we never picked up on the fact that in real life, they were far from closest companions. 

The hit sitcom, "The Golden Girls," aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning seven seasons.

The TV series starred Betty, Bea, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty. They played as four older ladies who share friendship and a home in Florida.

Promotional photo of Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty for "The Golden Girls." | Photo: YouTube/EveryShow Review

Promotional photo of Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty for "The Golden Girls." | Photo: YouTube/EveryShow Review

In 1988, Queen Elizabeth, who is a big fan of the sitcom, invited Betty, Bea, Rue, and Estelle to London for a special performance.

In the years after the end of the series, people close to them have spilled the beans about their mutual hostility towards one another in an interview with Closer Weekly.

Rue's son, Mark Bish, told the news outlet that the iconic show gave the aging population hope.

Betty White at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Betty White at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

"They were such professionals and the writing was so good that they were able to bring real quality to a sitcom," added Mark.

However, in 2011, Betty said that Bea wasn't that fond of her and that the actress found her a pain in the neck sometimes.

According to Closer Weekly, Bea presumably got even more enraged when Betty became the first cast member to win an Emmy after the first season.

Bea Arthur signs at Barnes & Noble on November 22, 2005 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Bea Arthur signs at Barnes & Noble on November 22, 2005 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Jim Colucci, the author of the book "Golden Girls Forever," said, "There was joking when Betty came in after that: 'Oh, boy, it's going to be rough around here.'"

However, according to the son of Bea, Matthew Saks, it wasn't personal. Matthew pointed out that her mother wasn't generally close to anyone and that she just liked to go home and read a paper.

After seven seasons of "The Golden Girls," it was Bea who chose to pull the plug on the show. Rue's son said that nothing will surpass what they had on screen. 

Betty White and Bea Arthur at Barnes & Noble on November 22, 2005 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Betty White and Bea Arthur at Barnes & Noble on November 22, 2005 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images

Rue and Estelle once claimed that it took nine hours to rehearse and film an episode of "The Golden Girls" because of the size of the set, as reported by Closer Weekly.

In 1988, Queen Elizabeth, who is a big fan of the sitcom, invited Betty, Bea, Rue, and Estelle to London for a special performance.

Wistfully, whatever dispute these notable entertainers had between them no longer implies anything in light of the fact that Betty is only one alive, according to Shared.

Bea passed away from cancer at 86 years old. After a year, Rue died of a cerebral hemorrhage, and Estelle passed on from complications related to Lewy body dementia.

In 2008, the famous quartet were spotted at the TV Land Awards, and that was one of their last appearances together.

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