Golden Girls House Party…Thank You For Being a Friend! November 1, 2009Posted by FCM in entertainment, pop culture.
Tags: bea arthur, television, the golden palace
i love the golden girls! and so does the new york jets’ running back thomas jones. this made me laugh and laugh:
Some Jets like to spend their free time tweeting on their Twitter pages or playing video games on their PS3s. Thomas Jones, the AFC’s leading rusher in 2008, unwinds by watching “The Golden Girls.” Sure, he also watches other old-school shows such as “The Cosby Show” and “Saved by the Bell,” but there’s just something about Bea Arthur.
“My favorite thing to do to relax is watch ‘The Golden Girls’ marathon,” Jones admitted yesterday during a rare interview at SUNY Cortland. “It kind of puts me in the mind-set of how things kind of used to be. When I see that show, it reminds me of those times when you could go outside and have fun and ride your bike all day. Now, you can’t even go outside anymore, you got people doing all kinds of crazy stuff and people getting killed. It’s like a crazy world.”
co-signed, thomas jones!
above is the final scene of the series. this episode just played here the other night, but i didnt realize at the time that i was watching the series finale! i might have welled up a little, had i known. another thing i didnt realize was this: there was a spinoff series called “the golden palace” that apparently lasted just one season. does anyone remember this? heres the opening of the first episode, which picks up where the series finale of TGG left off:
and here are the first few scenes inside the hotel, where the new series takes place: (part 3 of the pilot is available here for anyone who wants more)
now, when i was looking through other GG images, i naturally came across some bea arthur material. i absolutely loved her. but i didnt know much about her, or her pre-GG career. one thing that i learned from sifting through this material was that at one point, for a large part of her career in fact, she was extremely uncomfortable doing interviews. heres one with johnny carson that was particularly painful to watch: (part two is available here)
as time went by, she apparently became ok with it, and more comfortable in her skin, as you can plainly see in this interview with bryant gumbel:
there were also several bea arthur retrospectives, and my absolute favorite one, the one that had me literally blubbering in remembrance was this one. i highly, highly recommend it. sorry for the click-through, but the creator disabled the embed function. but dont let that stop you from clicking, really. it was that good!
it also seems that bea has been a hot-item google search this week. why? according to aol news:
On Tuesday a check for $300,000 arrived at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that houses and supports LGBT runaways. Turns out the cash came from none other than the late ‘Golden Girls’ great [Bea Arthur]. They don’t make ’em like Bea anymore.
golden girls marathons rock. those idiots at i-tunes will probably never make it available for my i-pod, but thats OK. i will just call in from work, and watch it at home, whenever i need my fix.