With the recent release of the classic sitcom The Golden Girls on Hulu , you may have found yourself wondering what the Golden Girls look like now. Unfortunately while researching the very same question, we came upon the sad news that three of the four ladies are no longer with us, leaving only Betty White to remain out there spinning comedic gold.
So while we can’t show you what the Golden Girls look like now, we can show you what they looked like during various part of their lives, including their youth and post-Golden Girl days.
During the hilarious sitcom’s seven year run, each and every one of the four ladies of the main cast won Emmy’s for their work on the show. Not only did it deliver a constant stream of laughter, it was considered groundbreaking for its time for featuring a cast of women over 40.
So come on in and check out what The Golden Girls looked like throughout various eras of their lives and find out what each did after leaving the show.
Bea Arthur As Dorothy Zbornak
Bea Arthur, who played Dorothy Zbornak on the Golden Girls, was also a Tony Award-winning actress who also appeared on All in the Family and a subsequent spin-off show in which she appeared in the title role of Maude.
After the iconic Golden Girls came to an end, Bea went on to guest star on shows like Malcolm in the Middle and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and even mounted her own one-woman show called “And Then There’s Bea” in 2001. The next year, she appeared on Broadway in the Tony-Award nominated “Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.”
Apart from the world of acting, Bea was also a strong activist and supported causes such as animal rights and AIDS research. She also made a generous donation to a home for homeless LGBT youth called the Bea Arthur Residence which is due to open its doors this summer in NYC.
Bea passed away from cancer at the age of 86 in her Los Angeles home in 2009 and left behind two sons whom she had with second husband Gene Saks.
Betty White As Rose Nylund
Betty White, who played Rose Nylund on the Golden Girls, has been in show business since the 1950’s and is still out there keeping all our hopes alive that she’ll be around forever. Throughout her long career in show business, she’s appeared on numerous sitcoms, TV shows, and game shows, and even recently hosted Saturday Night Live.
After the Golden Girls ended in 1992, Betty went on to appear on numerous other shows including Golden Palace, Boston Legal, and The Bold and the Beautiful. She also won another Emmy for her 1996 portrayal of herself on “The John Larroquette Show.”
In 2009, she also appeared in the film The Proposal alongside Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, before making a return to Television the next year as a series regular on the hysterical sitcom Hot In Cleveland with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.
She was nominated for yet another Emmy in 2012 for her hidden camera prank show Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which she hosts herself. She also recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a star-studded televised program on which she was honored by stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Ray Romano, Seth Meyers and Tracy Morgan, Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, and Ed Asner.
Aside from acting, she also has a great love for animals and has done charity work with the Los Angeles Zoo and the Morris Animal Foundation for over four decades. In addition to being an activist, she’s also a writer and has published several books including 1987's Betty White In Person and 1995's Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, which was re-released in 2010. Her most recent works include 2011’s If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) and My Life at the Zoo: Betty and Her Friends.
Rue McClanahan As Blanche Deveraux
Before playing the spunky Southern Blanche Deveraux on the Golden Girls, Rue got her start in theater, making her Broadway debut opposite Dustin Hoffman’s 1969 musical Jimmy Shine. In the 1970’s, she was cast in a guest spot on All in the Family by producer Norman Lear. She then went on to star in the role of Vivian alongside Bea Arthur on the show’s spin-off, Maude.
Her work as Blanche on the Golden Girls landed her three Golden Globe nominations, three Emmy nominations, and an Emmy win in 1987.
After the Golden Girls wrapped, she went on to appear on numerous other TV shows such as The Golden Palace, Boy Meets World, Law and Order, Murphy Brown, and Meet the Browns. She also had a run as Madame Morrible in the hit Broadway musical Wicked from 2005-2006.
Rue was married six times in her life and recounts her many loves in her 2007 autobiography My First Five Husbands... And the Ones Who Got Away. In 1997 she began battling breast cancer and finally achieved full remission. Unfortunately however, she passed away due to a stroke at age 76 in 2010.
Estelle Getty As Sophia Petrillo
Before playing the Golden Girls matriarch Sophia Petrillo on the Golden Girls, Estelle performed for decades in off Broadway shows, touring productions, and in Yiddish theaters. When she transferred over to television in the 1980’s, she made appearances on shows such as Torch Song Trilogy, Cagney & Lacey, and Newhart. After appearing in the 1985 film Mask, she would be cast in The Golden Girls on which she would make comedic television history.
Ironically, though she wore a wig and prosthetic wrinkles to portray Sophia, Estelle was actually the youngest member of the Golden Girls cast and was only 65 when she began playing the 80 year-old character.
Though all the women in The Golden Girls cast where hysterical, Sophia was so popular that the character even made guest appearances on other television shows such as Blossom and Empty Nest. Her work as Sophia won her seven Emmy nominations and a win in 1988.
After the end of The Golden Girls in 1992, Estelle would go on to appear on TV Shows such as Golden Palace, Touched by an Angel, and Mad About you before retiring from acting in 2000 due to failing health. Though ultimately diagnosed with a form of dementia, she was able to continue living at home with the help of assistance and passed away in 2008 of natural causes, surrounded by family and friends.
Upon her death, Bea Arthur released a statement saying, "Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her."
Survived by her two sons, Estelle continues to go down as history as one of the most talented comedic actresses who ever lived.
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