The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris that was aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992, spanning seven seasons.
The show featured an ensemble and the plot revolves around four older single women sharing a home in Miami, Florida.
The owner of the house is a widow named Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan), who was joined by fellow widow Rose Nylund ( Betty White) and divorcée Dorothy Zbornak ( Bea Arthur) after they both responded to an ad on the bulletin board of a local grocery store a year before the commencement of the series.
In the pilot episode, the three are joined by Dorothy’s 80-year-old widowed mother, Sophia Petrillo ( Estelle Getty), after the retirement home where she has been living has burned down.
The Golden Girls received several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice, three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and also, each of the four stars received an Emmy Award.
None of the Golden Girls stars which includes Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty is alive as of 2022.
Estelle Getty died of dementia with Lewy bodies at her home in Los Angeles on July 22, 2008, at the age of 85.
Bea Arthur died of lung cancer at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles on April 25, 2009, aged 86.
Rue McClanahan died on June 3, 2010, at age 76, at New York–Presbyterian Hospital after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
On December 31, 2021, White passed away in her sleep at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles from a stroke she had on Christmas Day. She was 99.