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The Real Reason Bea Arthur Walked Away from The Golden Girls

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Here are a couple of reasons why Bea Arthur chose not to continue to work on "The Golden Girls" TV show. Frankly, I think she made the right decision. Get "Golden Girls Forever" here: https://amzn.to/2uphEDh Get the complete series here: https://amzn.to/2upOBPW
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Mrf (27 days ago)
I read the reason the ratings dropped from 10 to 30 in the 7th season was because they changed the time slot after it had been in the same slot for 6 seasons.
Donald Hernandez (1 month ago)
LOVE HER!!!! I grew up in the 70's saw her on ALL IN THE FAMILY 1st Then on Maude. Even as a kid I saw something Special about her. I'm a FAN for LIFE!!!
Dave Sundstrom (1 month ago)
Yep, she was great.
Mike Dignum (2 months ago)
Funny as hell. But all good things come to the end.
Shawn Lion (3 months ago)
I can totally understand why an actor / actress would decide to leave a role after playing that character for so many years. Although she was a professional, it can start wearing on a person's psyche, having to play the straight person to a barrage of jokes on your facial features, inability to attract people, etc. It's sort of like Brad Garrett who played Robert Barone from "Everybody Loves Raymond." He was the constant butt of jokes on the show for years, and according to some reports, was planning to leave the show if the writing for him had not change. I can't imagine someone having to go to work, spending 12 to 18 hours a day , have to "act" a certain way that is completely alien to them, being hurled jokes that slowly chip away at you. Bea Arthur was definitely a class act.
Dave Sundstrom (3 months ago)
Great points all around, Shawn. And yes...I agree, Bea Arthur was a class act.
hankw69 (6 months ago)
Bea Arthur is great! Loved Maude.
You Too (6 months ago)
I just thought she was a tall lady but never ugly, she's funny as hell that's for sure
Kevin Rose (6 months ago)
The Golden Girls - one of my favorite shows ever. So I have to tell you that when I saw Bea Arthur was going to be in this show I was excited because I remembered her as Maude. (At the time of Maude, I was a young boy having been born in 1965, but I could still understand her comedic talent even though I would have to wait a few years to understand why that show was so groundbreaking.) I always loved Maude's and Dorothy's humor - sometimes sarcastic, other times dry, but always great for a laugh, especially in her comedic timing. Thank you, Bea Arthur for the memories!
Film Fantastic (6 months ago)
Elaine Stritch was up for the role of Dorothy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q-pgK5eFwg Alas, she didn't get it.
Fly With Frank (6 months ago)
I do not blame Bea Arthur 1 bit. She is an actress that knows when it is time move on. The producers of Maude wanted to have more seasons as well. A series should always end while it is still on top of the ratings.
Dave Sundstrom (6 months ago)
It's a rare thing for someone to move on at the top of their game. Bea Arthur did it twice!
Kristopher Michaels (6 months ago)
Loved the GG and Bea. I remembered her from Maude and always loved the looks she would fash at the other actors in both shows when she wanted to prolong a laugh. She had great timing. They were all great really. I did feel the last season has gotten a bit boring and some of the storylines did not make sense, like Miles on the run from the Mob. I did like Golden Palace but it seemed to run out of steam after about 8 episodes or so and CBS stopped giving it any promotion and if I remember correctly they started moving it around from night to night. Always a good way to get rid of a show a network wants to get rid of. It's to bad no one thought to have them come back for a GG movie once or twice a year, I think that would have worked better than keeping it a weekly show being so much of the show had run it's corse.
Matthew Fein (7 months ago)
'The Golden Palace' only ran for ONE season?
5Rounds Rapid (7 months ago)
I never saw it, even though I’d watched the old series for years. We just didn’t watch a lot of CBS.
Dave Sundstrom (7 months ago)
Yep, just one.
D V (7 months ago)
I thought she was a beautiful woman. Not ugly at all. It's a shame they made her feel unattractive, she was quite the opposite.
kc0lif (7 months ago)
bea Arthur acted before with rue mcclanahan on maude.
james tillett (7 months ago)
I loved all the episodes of the golden girls
Caleb Corbin (6 months ago)
So do i
warp9p65 (8 months ago)
Dorothy was the strongest character on the show. She was the most grounded and realistic. The show would never have worked or been a success without the Dorothy character. I wish Bea Arthur would have stayed on for a couple more years so the show could have remained in production.
Dave Sundstrom (8 months ago)
Great comment. You are so right!
Joe Momma (8 months ago)
I actually thought season 7 brought back some of the better writing after 2 previous seasons of BLAH! I mean, the murder mystery episode (The Case of the Libertine Bell) from season 7 is one of my favorites to this day!
Lisa NZ (8 months ago)
Dave my favorite character in ''The Golden Girls'' is still definitely Dorothy Zbornak portrayed by Bea Arthur! Unfortunately what I call ''cleverly written comedies'' like that aren't written anymore. There seems to be too much focus on what I call ''sleazy topics'' now which I don't consider to be humourous! I don't remember ever seeing the ''The Golden Palace'' on TV here in NZ. Maybe because that show only lasted for one year!
BATMAN65 (7 months ago)
Dave, like you, I watched only the first couple of episodes and decided that it wasn't worth watching. The only thing I remember about it were Cheech Marin and a "before-they-were-famous" Don Cheadle.
Lisa NZ (8 months ago)
Dave I don't think I'd have thought so either.
Dave Sundstrom (8 months ago)
Truthfully, I only remember watching one or two episodes of "The Golden Palace". It just wasn't the same.

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