Betty White Shares Her Favorite ‘Golden Girls’ Memories

Betty White’s castmates on The Golden Girls used to tease her constantly about her love of animals — and one time they even convinced her that a stray cat had gotten trapped in the wall. “They had a crew member put a tape recorder in a wall on the set,” one of Betty’s pals recalls. “It played a loop of a cat meowing woefully. Betty was beside herself! She told the crew to contact the fire department and stood there talking to the wall, saying, ‘It’s going to be all right, sweetie, we will get you out of there soon.’”

When it was all revealed to be a big prank, Betty, being the great sport she always was, laughed along with everyone else. “We all had such fun together,” Betty recalled in October 2015 at the age of 93, three decades after the debut of the groundbreaking series in which four feisty women proved that life doesn’t stop at 60. “It was such a special experience.”

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Betty, like her co-stars Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, was already a sitcom vet by the time she was cast as tenderhearted and gullible Rose in 1985. The chemistry between the three women, along with television newcomer Estelle Getty (a Broadway pro hired to play wise-cracking, scene-stealing Sophia) was immediate. “It started the first day of the first read-through for the pilot,” Betty recalled. “We showed up for the read-through [and] it was like batting a tennis ball over the net. It was so exciting to be with four people with that chemistry. I’ll never forget that first read. It was like we had been working together forever. I still get goose bumps thinking about it.”

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