Remembering the Powerful Message about Ageing from Betty White & 'The Golden Girls' Stars

Lois Oladejo
Sep 17, 2020
08:30 A.M.
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35 years after actresses Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, starred in the "Golden Girls" sitcom, the world remembers them for the history they made.


On September 14, 1985, NBC launched the groundbreaking sitcom, "Golden Girls," starring legendary actresses Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty.

In a 1991 interview, White shared her wisdom about the fear surrounding the idea of aging. She said: "You don't fall off the planet when you pass a given don't lose any of your zest for life.."

Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan during the The 6th Annual "TV Land Awards" on Jue 8, 2008.| Photo: Getty Images


Back in the day, the incredible sitcom followed the lives of four women who were above the age of 50 and the inspiring friendship that they shared.

In the interview, White, who played the role of Rose Nylund and is now 98 years old, told TODAY's Joe Garagiola that nothing horrible comes into play when a person passes a certain age. 

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


If they were a dull person, they would simply grow to be an older dull person. Still, she did not think that such a person needed to stay that way as the years went by.

Arthur, White's co-star who portrayed Dorothy Zbornak, revealed that she was a hundred percent sold and ready to go all-in for it the moment she heard about the show. 

The incredible sitcom came to an end in 1992 after seven years of making history.


The actress who passed away in 2009 said that she read the script for the pilot episode and was immediately blown away. Humor, literacy, and grown-up were the boxes the sitcom ticked for Arthur, and she thought it was wonderful.

Rue McClanahan, who portrayed Blanche Devereaux and passed away in 2010, added that she knew from the get-go that Blanche Devereaux was the perfect character for her. She said:

"I thought, this is a piece of gold in my hands. I said, I want to play Blanche; this is a role I know how to play."


On the other hand, Estelle Getty, who played Sophia Petrillo, Zbornak's sassy mother, said that she did not want to think about the future at her age. 

The actress who passed away in 2008 added that she only hoped that her health would continue to hold out so that she could continue working. 


The incredible sitcom came to an end in 1992 after seven years of making history and accumulating precious behind-the-scenes memories and on-screen gems.

On September 14, the show hit its 35th anniversary, and many people who still remembered the wonderful sitcom and the four geriatric gal pals stopped to appreciate the magic they created. 

Today, only Betty White is alive as her three other gal pals have sadly passed away after long lives of doing great work. They will not be forgotten.