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'Golden Girls' Theme Song Writer Andrew Gold Dies at 59

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 6th 2011 11:30AM
The Golden GirlsYou might not have heard of Andrew Gold, but you've definitely heard his work.

The singer-songwriter worked with luminaries like Linda Ronstadt, Art Garfunkel, Celine Dion, James Taylor and Sir Paul McCartney in the '70s, but he was most famous for the iconic tune 'Thank You For Being a Friend,' which was used as the theme song for 'The Golden Girls' during the sitcom's seven-year run.

Gold died Friday of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 59. You know what this means -- Betty White will truly outlive us all.

After the jump, sing along with us as we honor Gold's life (and amazing contribution to the TV landscape).

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'The Golden Girls' 25th Anniversary: 11 Fun Facts

by Jane Murphy, posted Sep 14th 2010 3:50PM
Golden Girls'The Golden Girls' celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The show premiered on Sept. 14, 1985 and during its seven-year run, it won two Emmys and three Golden Globes. Its platinum cast (Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty) was also honored, with each lady earning multiple Emmy nominations and at least one win each.

So, in honor of the 'Golden Girls' birthday, we compiled fun facts and clips from the classic NBC sitcom.

Some of the tidbits so startling, you might want to reach for that extra ginkoba (yes, that is George Clooney!).

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Betty White Remembers Rue McClanahan (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jun 14th 2010 12:30PM
On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), Betty White fondly remembers Rue McClanahan and notes how she's the last surviving cast member of 'The Golden Girls.'

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Blanche Devereaux and the Evolution of the TV Cougar

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jun 7th 2010 5:15PM
When Rue McClanahan died last week, I found out via Facebook. This is no great revelation. I got the news about Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper the same way, but I was struck by the different tone of the status messages mentioning Rue's passing. For one thing, they came mostly from women. We ladies pictured Rue swanning about in a caftan in heaven and wished her well. There is sadness, yes, but no sense of tragedy or mystery. Here on Earth, she delighted us as Blanche Devereaux on 'The Golden Girls,' and we hope that somewhere in the great Miami in the sky, she has finally found a man worthy of her affections. Or many men.

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Memories of Rue McClanahan and 'The Golden Girls' as Gay Icons

by Jim Colucci, posted Jun 6th 2010 12:30PM
Rue McClanahanThe most rewarding parts about writing a book are usually the advance payment beforehand, or the acclaim afterward. But for me, with 'The Q Guide to The Golden Girls,' it was the homework.

In the spring of 2006, I had the excuse to revisit old favorite 'Golden' episodes, all in the name of journalism. And even better, I had the opportunity to interview Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan in their respective homes, where I could not only ask them outright about their careers, but could also observe firsthand a small slice of their own real lives. For a gay man who had grown up on Dorothy Zbornak's quips and Blanche Devereaux's steamy sex stories, this was fantasy camp.

With her sixth husband, Morrow Wilson, not at home when I arrived at her apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Rue answered the door in a bathrobe, fresh from the shower. Then, because this interview was going to be captured on video for the Archive of American Television (it's now viewable, in fact, here), I was able to watch as the Oklahoma native, then 72, went into makeup, transforming gradually into a certain beautiful, carefully coiffed Miami slut.

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Rue McClanahan and the Art of Seduction

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 3rd 2010 4:22PM
rue_mcclanahan_broadway_worldToday, we lost a brilliant comedienne with the death of Rue McClanahan at the age of 76. For most female stars who have images that are based on sex appeal, their prime years are when they're in their 20s or 30s, brimming with youth and allure. The secret success of 'Golden Girl' McClanahan is that she made her mark as a femme fatale when most actresses her age were struggling to find roles.

Rue was a master at making sexy fun, and she imbued her 'Golden Girl' alter ego, Blanche Devereaux, with all the passion and lust of a woman half her age. It made her character hilarious and lovable, but beneath the comedy was a real message about believing in your own sexual attractiveness no matter how old you are.

Writer Susan Harris created the character of Blanche, but it was Rue McClanahan who made her so memorable. As Blanche, she was overtly sexual and proud of it. She loved men and loved that men loved her back. Her beaus came in all shapes and sizes, ethnicities and ages. If you were a guy, you were on Blanche's radar.

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Rue McClanahan: Best 'Golden Girls' Moments

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 3rd 2010 1:40PM
Rue McClanahanThough she appeared on a number of television shows in her career, including 'Maude' and 'Mama's Family,' Rue McClanahan will arguably be best remembered for her performance as Southern belle Blanche Deveraux on 'The Golden Girls.'

McClanahan, who died today at age 76, played Blanche for seven seasons on the hugely successful NBC sitcom, and garnered more than enough laughs, tears and, in Blanche's case, men to earn a permanent slot in television history.

To honor McClanahan's Emmy-winning turn on the series, relive our favorite Blanche Deveraux moments, then post your favorites in the comments.

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The Rue McClanahan You Never Knew

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 3rd 2010 1:20PM
Rue McClanahan Dies

In what was already a sad week in entertainment, Rue McClanahan passed away this morning from a massive stroke at the age of 76.

This leaves the resurgent Betty White as the only one of the 'Golden Girls' quartet who's still with us, a remarkable thought considering that it didn't seem like that long ago when White, McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty were all making us laugh on Saturday nights.

Most people know McClanahan from her 'Girls' role of sexy senior Blanche Devereaux. But McClanahan's on-screen career stretches back almost fifty years, and she's been featured in a number of interesting television roles before and since her years on that lanai in Miami.

Here are some of the more interesting parts of Rue's career you may or may not have known about:

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Betty White Talks About 'Golden Girls' and SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 20th 2010 3:00PM
Veterans of early TV are scarce these days, most being retired or, well, really retired. But after 61 years in the business, the legendary Betty White is enjoying her third or fourth career resurgence -- and told AOL TV she's thrilled to be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sandra Bullock at the SAG Awards on Jan. 23.

After doing radio and summer stock back in the 1940s, White's big break came as the "telephone girl" on a live, local Los Angeles show, 'Hollywood on Television,' hosted by popular DJ Al Jarvis. With all honors to Lucille Ball and 'I Love Lucy,' that gig led to the creation of one of the first female-driven sitcoms, 'Life with Elizabeth.' The TV skies were the limit from there.

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Stop what you're doing and watch this guy with the Golden Girls painted on his face

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 3:29PM
This is the weirdest thing you'll see all day. A guy painted the women of The Golden Girls on his face, and in this video he...moves his face around while the show's theme song plays in the background. Talented guy actually, he drew it himself.

You will not forget this anytime soon.

[via Kate Aurthur]

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Bea Arthur also saved animals (as do her 'girls')

by Eliot Glazer, posted May 10th 2009 1:39PM
bea arthur peta animal rights activist petsThe late Bea Arthur was, among other things, a comedic genius, feminist icon, and beloved American actress of stage and screen. But widely overlooked in the recent coverage of her passing is the fact that she was a active advocate for animal rights. She campaigned against the force-feeding of ducks in the foie gras trade, even accompanying the president of PETA to London, where she demanded that Harrod's discontinue their peddling pâté.

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Lifetime to honor Estelle Getty this Friday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 23rd 2008 10:38AM

Golden Girls

Lifetime is going to honor Estelle Getty, who died yesterday at the age of 84, with a marathon of Golden Girls episodes.

The 10 episode marathon will start at noon this Friday with the pilot episode (the Sophia character looked a lot different in the first few episodes, if I remember correctly). The episodes have been picked because they focus on Sophia.

Fans will get a chance to vote on which episode ends the marathon, the episode they think shows Getty and Sophia the best. MyLifetime.com has narrowed down it down to five episodes: "It's A Miserable Life," "Sisters," "Old Friends," "My Brother, My Father," and "Old Boyfriends." And if you don't know the plots by the episode titles (you'd have to be a Golden Girls fanatic for that), the site gives you a quick synopsis of each one.

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And then there's Maude! (on DVD)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 8th 2007 6:09PM

MaudeLady Godiva was a freedom rider
She didn't care if the whole world looked
Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her
She was a sister who really cooked

If you've never seen the groundbreaking 70s sitcom Maude, then you missed the theme song. It was cowritten by Dave Grusin! (It also has the line "Isadora was the first bra burner, ain't you glad she showed up? And when this country was falling apart, Betsy Ross got it all sewed up!" That's excellent.).

Yes, Maude is coming to DVD.

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