25 Fascinating Secrets About ‘The Golden Girls’ That Give Fans A Look Behind The Lanai

We’ve got all the “Golden Girls” information you need — so you won’t feel like Rose Nylund.

The Golden Girls came out in the 1980s, but it’s still one of the best shows around, from the writing to the cast to, well, the GIFs. The show that combined Betty White as the dippy Rose Nylund, Rue McClanahan as the southern self-described slut, Bea Arthur as the sassy, smart Dorothy Zbornak and Estelle Getty as the sassier, wise old Sicilian Sophia Petrillo is a classic.

Since you know you love Golden Girls as much as we do, indulge in the show’s most surprising facts and relive some of Golden Girls’ most hilarious moments.

Lee Grant Was Series Creator Susan Harris’s First Choice For Dorothy


Grant had starred in Harris’s short-lived 1978 sitcom, Fay. Grant, however, was unenthusiastic about playing a grandmother, so the part was eventually offered to Bea Arthur. Though not immediately.