Golden Girls' Bea Arthur Hated Betty White
If you thought the little old ladies on The Golden Girls were all getting along, you thought wrong. In fact, according to the Globe magazine Bea Arthur, who played "Dorothy", hated Betty White ("Rose") and she let her know it.
The very successful show that aired in the late '80s to early '90s featured four women -- Bea, Betty, Rue McClanahan ("Blanche") and Estelle Getty ("Sophia").
A friend of Bea, who died last April from cancer, told the Globe all about the drama.
"Bea told me her bitter feud with Betty started when the were just in their first season," the friend tells the Globe. "She said she didn't like Betty from the start and told me she tried to stay out of White's way when they weren't rehearsing or on camera.
"According to Bea, Betty thought she was the star of the show and acted like it. She said Betty even tried to tell her how to deliver her lines. That's something Bea would never stand for.
"One day, early on in the series, Bea said she just couldn't hold back any more and she let rip at Betty, turning the air blue with her tirade.
"The series became such a huge hit, but the show's execs had a major headache because of the Bea and Betty feud."
"By the end of the run, it often became unbearable t be around them," says Bea's pal. "they simply hated each other."
The friend adds that there was never a reunion show because of the deep-seated hate, and when asked about the possibility of such a show, Bea allegedly would say, "Because Betty White is a (expletive)."
Update: Here's Bea Arthur's final interview which aired last April on The Insider.
(Thanks Phillip for the tip.)
Source: Globe magazine, Oct. 5, print edition.