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Betty White & Kids of Late Costars on 'The Golden Girls' Recall Significant Moments of the Show

Jaimie-lee Prince
Sep 11, 2020
10:30 P.M.
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Betty White is the last woman standing from the "Golden Girls" cast. She and her former co-stars' family opened up about the beloved sitcom, which ended over three decades ago. 

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Betty White, 98, spoke to Closer Weekly for their new issue which celebrates "The Golden Girls' " 35th anniversary. The family members of her former colleagues also spoke to the magazine. 

White was and still is well-known for her witty quips on the show. However, she got a bit sentimental when speaking about her deceased castmates. 

Betty White at the premiere of "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" at Citywalk on February 19, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images

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WHITE SAYS IT WAS FAMILY

"We all had such fun together! You can't work that closely together and not become a family," said White, who received a Grammy for her work on the show along with co-stars Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, and Rue McClanahan. 

McClanahan's son, Mark Bish, also spoke to the outlet about his mom and her colleagues. Bish noted that the women were all trained to do way more than act in a sitcom. "Their abilities ran deep," he said

Of course, fans will forever be grateful that the four women did chosoe the sitcom over other gigs for seven years. Susan Harris was the mind behind the classic show. 

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Betty White, Bea Arthur, and Rue McClanahan received the Pop Culture Award at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, California on June 8, 2008 | Photo: Getty Images

ARTHUR KNEW IT WAS OVER

Harris doted on White and her amazing personality, describing the actress as "the glue that held it all together." Meanwhile, White said she was surprised to be the last remaining as she was the oldest among them. 

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Elsewhere, Arthur's son, Matthew Saks, said the show could have gone on for much longer. Although the network was willing to do a seventh season, his mom knew that they had done it all in terms of ideas. 

Plus, Arthur was ready to do other things, including pulling back from the Hollywood scene for a while. However, she did return to star in shows like "Futurama" and "Malcolm in the Middle." 

Betty White and Bea Arthur sign copies of "The Golden Girls Season 3" in New York City on November 22, 2005 | Photo: Getty Images

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WHEN THEY PASSED AWAY

The other women also continued to work in the entertainment industry until they no longer could. Getty died in 2008, Arthur died in 2009, McClanahan passed away in 2010.

White's words come after another touching statement she made in July regarding the show. "Good Morning America" (GMA) had just revealed that the house used to shoot the series was up for sale. 

White made a heartfelt statement to GMA speaking about how she misses the late actors. White saw seven Emmy nominations before she won an award for the comedy series. 

Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur at the DVD release party for "The Golden Girls" in 2004 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

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WHITE MOURNS FRIEND'S PASSING

In June, White dealt with another friend's passing. Carl Reiner was 98 years old when he died at his Beverly Hills home. White said she was "heartbroken" at the comedian's death. 

The pair worked together in "Hot in Cleveland" and remained close friends throughout the years. White was once married to Reiner's friend, Allen Ludden, for nearly 20 years.

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SHE REMAINS WELL AMID PANDEMIC

Meanwhile, fans worried that they were at risk of losing White amid the coronavirus pandemic. White is quarantined in her home where she reportedly reads the Los Angeles Times to stay informed. 

Tom Sullivan, another close friend, also said that the actress occupies herself with thousands of crossword puzzle books. White told Closer she is "blessed with incredibly good health," in May. 

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