I watch a lot of “Golden Girls” reruns. Are you able to tell me the ages of the stars when the show first aired?

Yes. The sitcom premiered on Sept. 14, 1985. Bea Arthur (Dorothy) and Rose (Betty White) were 63. Blanche Rue McClanahan (Blanche) was 51 and Estelle Getty (Sophia) was 62.

Yes, Dorothy’s mother was played by an actress younger than the one playing Dorothy.

Today, at 94, White is the only Golden Girl still with us. Getty died at age 84 in 2008 from Lewy Body Dementia (which comedian Robin Williams also suffered from prior to his death). Arthur succumbed to a long battle with cancer in 2009 at age 86. And McClanahan died at age 76 in 2010 following a stroke.


Posted by:Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal