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Happy Birthday, Betty White! 11 Golden Lessons from Rose Nylund | The Golden Girls, Betty White

UpdatePosted 01/17/2014 08:30PM

Happy Birthday, Betty White! 11 Golden Lessons from Rose Nylund

Originally posted 01/15/2014 09:00AM

Betty White turns 92 Friday, and while the nonagenarian has experienced a resurgence in recent years, she's perhaps most beloved for her role as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.

Fellow TV icon Valerie Harper was one of the first to send birthday wishes to the Hot in Cleveland star:



Although White's dimwitted St. Olaf native's naïveté was often a target for the other characters' sharp-edged zingers, we gleaned plenty of wisdom from Rose over the show's seven seasons. Here are 11 lessons she taught us.

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15 Awesome Golden Girls Items You Didn't Know You Needed | The Golden Girls

15 Awesome Golden Girls Items You Didn't Know You Needed

Originally posted 01/08/2014 09:00AM

The Golden Girls ended its seven-year run nearly 22 years ago, but the show's devotees continue to craft tributes to the beloved foursome.

When a hand-crafted Golden Girls Lego set (seen above) made its way around the Web before the holidays, we scoured Etsy for more fan art inspired by Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. Here are 15 must-have items.

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Scarlett Johansson Raves About Cat Costar Ben Walker's Bare Butt | Benjamin Walker, Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Raves About Cat Costar Ben Walker's Bare Butt

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."

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Betty White Felled By Flu, Is 'On the Mend' | Betty White

Betty White Felled By Flu, Is 'On the Mend'

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.

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PHOTO: Betty White Is 'Impressed' by Her Brand New Wax Figure

Betty White Is 'Impressed' by Her Brand New Wax Figure

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.

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50 Years of Stars Copying Marilyn Monroe's Sultry Birthday Song

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.

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Eat Like a Golden Girl: Bea Arthur's Best Breakfast Recipe | Bea Arthur

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Bea Arthur's Favorite Vegetarian Breakfast: Get the Recipe!

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:

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Golden Girls Theme Song Writer Dies

Golden Girls Theme Song Writer Andrew Gold Dies

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.

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Rue McClanahan's Death Shocked Loved Ones

Rue McClanahan's Death Shocked Loved Ones

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."

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Betty White, Rue McClanahan Recall 'Shy' Bea Arthur

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.

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