Betty White was a treasure that the world adored. The 99-year-old actress, who passed away on New Year’s Eve 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday, was loved by countless fans. Her roles in the hit sitcom The Golden Girls, The Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, and her quick wit endeared her to audiences worldwide.
However, it seems that not everyone shared the same affection for White, including some of her own Golden Girls co-stars. So, what’s the story behind this surprising revelation?
Uncovering the Truth: Who Didn’t Like Betty White?
As it turns out, even the beloved Betty White had her flaws. Joel Thurm, the casting director of The Golden Girls and numerous other Hollywood projects, recently wrote a book in which he revealed previously unknown details about the actress. Thurm shared that some of White’s co-stars, including Bea Arthur, had strong negative feelings towards her.
In an interview, Thurm elaborated on the situation, stating that both Arthur and Rue McClanahan had used derogatory language to describe White. This shocking revelation has left fans questioning what could have caused such animosity on the set of their favorite sitcom.
The Not-So-Secret Golden Girls Feud
While fans may be surprised by this news, it appears that the cast and crew of The Golden Girls were well aware of the tension behind the scenes. Thurm revealed that White allegedly mocked Estelle Getty for needing to write her lines on her hand to remember them, despite Getty’s struggle with Lewy Body Dementia at the time.
Other rumors suggest that jealousy over Emmy nominations and White’s behavior towards the cast contributed to the strained relationships. It’s difficult to separate fact from fiction, but it’s clear that White’s on-set reputation didn’t match the public’s perception of her.
Betty White’s Awareness of Bea Arthur’s Dislike
In 2011, White acknowledged the rumors that Arthur didn’t like her. She was aware of her former co-star’s feelings and had her own theory about the cause of their rift. “She found me a pain in the neck sometimes. It was my positive attitude – and that made Bea mad sometimes. Sometimes if I was happy, she’d be furious,” White explained.
With Thurm’s recent revelations about White’s alleged mockery of Getty, fans are left to wonder if White may have had a mean streak, even if unintentional. As a comedian, White may have used others’ struggles as fodder for jokes, but it’s worth noting that there aren’t many rumors about her being disliked by others in the industry.
Could this feud be chalked up to a few bad years or clashing personalities? Regardless, fans of The Golden Girls will continue to cherish the on-screen friendship between these iconic characters, even if their off-screen relationships were less than perfect.
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