Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Last Actress Standing - Happy Birthday Betty White!

The Golden Girls is still running and a man connected with the show remarked that he made probably $600 per episode, but reruns are now paying him $3,000.  So we don't have to fret about "poor Betty White; how does she live now?"

Add in royalties from her seven published books and the answer could easily be "very well indeed."

At 98, she is left to carry the banner for Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.  So follows this bit of trivia.

Betty and Bea Arthur shared a birth year - 1922 - but Betty is older within that year  1-17-1922; Bea May 13, 1922.

Estelle Getty was born in in 1923 and Rue came in last and consequently youngest in 1934.  She died in 2010 aged 76 of a massive stroke.  Notably she also had six husbands and one child.

Estelle died of Lewy body dementia in 2008 age 84.  Lewy's is ranked #3 below Alzheimer's then vascular dementia.

Bea Arthur married  twice and had two children.  She died of lung cancer on April 25, 2009 which was my 69th birthday.

Golden Girls debuted September 14, 1985, when Bea and Betty were 63; Estelle was 64 and Rue 51.

Senior citizens can so keep working!  The Golden Girls were in every sense a credit to their ages.  Long may they be remembered - especially in reruns.  Their estates will thank them.

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