What Betty White Did To Piss Off Bea Arthur On Set
Bea Arthur’s Dorothy might have been constantly annoyed by Rose (Betty White) for seven seasons on The Golden Girls, but it seems that her frustration might have been backstage too.
In a new article in The Hollywood Reporter about Bea Arthur’s lifelong friendship with gay men—and the new center for homeless LGBT youth opening next year in her name—the magazine also talks about Arthur’s time on the classic NBC sitcom and how she didn’t always get along with her co-stars.
“My mom was the real deal,” Arthur’s son, Matthew Saks explained to THR. “I think she felt she was more of an actress than Betty. Mom came from Broadway. Betty starred on a game show at one point.”
“When they shot the sitcom, sometimes they had to stop. My mom would stay concentrated, maybe stay backstage, stand in her place there. And sometimes Betty would go out and smile and chat with the audience and literally go and make friends with the audience. Which is a nice thing — a lot of them have come from all over the country and are fans.”
“I think my mom didn’t dig that. It’s more about being focused or conserving your energy. It’s just not the right time to talk to fans between takes. Betty was able to do it and it didn’t seem to affect her. But it rubbed my mom the wrong way.”
But don’t worry, Golden Girls fans. The two actresses never really fought.
“They were friends,” Saks added. “At one point they lived close enough that they would drive each other to work.”