12:31 PM EDT 04/13/2013
The Golden Girls
Originally posted 02/12/2013 10:15AM
Scarlett Johansson as Maggie the Cat is supposed to be the main sex symbol in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But she's got her eye on costar Ben Walker – in particular, his butt.
"That is really one of the brighter points of my life," the actress, 28, tells Broadway.com.
Walker, 30, playing Maggie's husband Brick, spends a large chunk of the play wearing nothing but a towel, and sometimes (with his back to the crowd) not even that, giving Johansson – and the audience – an eyeful.
"I have asked Ben at times, when I was having a more difficult day, to just leave it out there for a couple more moments, just to brighten my day a little bit," she says. "I think it adds a little bit of hope in an otherwise dismal situation."
Originally posted 01/11/2013 03:30PM
Get-well wishes are due everybody's favorite TV star Betty White.
"Betty has the flu and is on the mend," her rep tells PEOPLE, though no further details are available.
The news of White's health comes three days after the debut of the second season of her NBC comedy reality series Betty White's Off Their Rockers and less than a week before her 91st birthday next Thursday.
A birthday special has been taped by NBC, but so far no air date has been announced.
Originally posted 06/05/2012 07:30AM
In front of fans screaming, "You're amazing," former Golden Girl Betty White unveiled her very own wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Monday.
"The only thing that irks me is they waited until I was 90," the TV legend joked as the crowd chuckled. "A few decades ago would have been swell."
Dressed in a bright pink blazer with perfectly coiffed hair, White matched the color of her replica, which was clad in a hot pink tracksuit.
Originally posted 05/19/2012 10:10AM
It's been 50 years since Marilyn Monroe offered a sultry musical greeting to then President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. The song, "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" has become iconic – parodied and celebrated in pop culture for the past five decades ever since it was performed on May 19, 1962.
PEOPLE.com is paying homage to the cultural moment with this roundup of equally star-studded renditions – from Mike Myers in character as Wayne Campbell to Madonna's 1993 version on SNL to the stars of Smash, vying for a role in a Marilyn-themed musical, this year.
And then there's Marilyn's version, sung at a celebration for Kennedy 10 days before his actual birthday: It was followed up with a snippet of the song "Thanks for the Memory," which she amended with lyrics written specifically for Kennedy.
Originally posted 11/09/2011 03:30PM
Bea Arthur famously sat around the kitchen table and sliced into cheesecake week after week as Dorothy Zbornak on TV's The Golden Girls. In real life, it seems, the late actress was a more health-conscious eater.
In The Dead Celebrity Cookbook, author Frank DeCaro has collected and presented an array of recipes by beloved (and dead) stars – everyone from Arthur to Frank Sinatra to Katharine Hepburn to Lucille Ball.
"I miss those days when celebrities still had mystery about them," DeCaro, formerly the movie critic for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, says about his decision to write the book. "A glimpse inside their radar ranges seemed, for any fan, like a window into the world of glamour and excitement."
With each recipe, DeCaro provides his commentary as way of an introduction.
For Arthur's chapter called Thank You for Feeding a Friend, which spotlights the actress's vegetarian breakfast recipe, he writes: "Food was always good for a giggle on The Golden Girls, too. Sophia could turn the word cannoli into a sexual double entendre, and Rose's Scandinavian recipes, her geneukenfleuken cake, for instance, were always played for laughs.
Want to try Bea Arthur's dish? Read on to get the recipe:
Originally posted 06/06/2011 03:30PM
Andrew Gold, the singer-songwriter best known for 1977's "Lonely Boy" single, died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 59.
That song was heard in films such as Boogie Nights and Water Boy. Another song, "Thank You for Being a Friend," was heard on TV each week for almost a decade as the theme song for The Golden Girls.
Gold was also known for his late '70s tune, "Do Wah Diddy."
The L.A. native began writing songs at age 13. By the early 1970s, he was working as a musician, songwriter and record producer. He was a member of the Los Angeles band Bryndle. In 1975, Gold set out on a solo career and released four albums during that decade.
Originally posted 06/05/2010 11:00AM
Rue McClanahan's death from a massive stroke this week may have shocked Golden Girls and Maude fans around the globe, but nobody was more stunned at losing such a fighter than the actress's manager, Barbara Lawrence.
"She was doing absolutely, incredibly well," Lawrence tells PEOPLE. "This blindsided us, just blindsided us."
In November, McClanahan, 76, underwent bypass surgery only to suffer a stroke a week later. "But Rue's a fighter," Lawrence says. "She was getting better and never lost any of her mental awareness whatsoever. She had a little paralysis in he right hand and her speech was a little impaired, but she was amazing."
Originally posted 04/27/2009 08:55AM
Despite her booming voice and boisterous personality – "Let's face it," the 5'9" leading lady once quipped, "nobody ever asked me to play Juliet" – Beatrice Arthur was very private, sensitive, even shy, her two surviving Golden Girls costars, Betty White and Rue McClanahan, affectionately recalled Monday morning.
Speaking over the phone on the Today show about their late friend and professional colleague – Arthur, 86, died early Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles after a lengthy battle with cancer – both expressed their amazement when Arthur headlined her own, autobiographical one-woman show, 2002's Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.
Originally posted 08/07/2008 11:55AM
The collective reputation of TV's Golden Girls seemed to tarnish somewhat when word circulated that not a single cast member attended the funeral of costar Estelle Getty, who died July 22.
But Betty White, who starred on the hit sitcom with Getty, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur, says no disrespect should be inferred.
"We were with Estelle when it mattered," White, 86, tells Entertainment Tonight, reports ET.com. "I didn't go to her funeral and Paul, her wonderful caretaker, knew I wasn't going to her funeral."
Originally posted 07/22/2008 02:10PM
Estelle Getty, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe as the tart-tongued Sophia Petrillo – mother of Bea Arthur's character – on TV's The Golden Girls, has died. She was 84.
Getty's longtime manager, Alan Siegel, told PEOPLE on Tuesday: "As of 5:35 this morning, surrounded by her family in her Hollywood Hills home, Estelle Getty passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes. Her family and close friends thank everyone for being so loving and supportive of Estelle in her last few years."
For many years, Getty had suffered with Lewy's Body Dementia, which has been described as a type of Alzheimer's disease.
Also starring with Betty White and Rue McClanahan on the NBC sitcom, Getty's Sophia resulted in her receiving seven Emmy nominations, and a win in 1988. Equally winning were her well-delivered insults on the show. A typical Petrillo put-down: "I think there's a connection between your brain and wallpaper paste."
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