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Greg In Hollywood talks about Bea Arthur’s dislike of Betty White in Mike Pingel’s new book

Yesterday, I mentioned Mike Pingel’s new book Betty White Rules the World: The Ultimate and Unauthorized Guide to Television’s Grand Dame!

I ran into Mike last night at the 50th anniversary screening of The Birds at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and he gave me a copy of the book and told me to turn to page 134.

On that page, he quotes some of what I’ve written about in the past about the relationship between Betty White and Bea Arthur:

“Bea Arthur had an intense dislike for Betty White,” wrote Greg Hernandez in a recent article about the feud on his blog, He had witnessed Bea’s coldness toward Betty firsthand at an event at the Museum of Television in Beverly Hills. The three beloved Golden Girls – Bea, Rue and Betty – were doing a Q&A. Rue was planted between them like a referee; Bea did not engage Betty once despite Miss White’s efforts to draw her in. Then after the event ended, Greg was standing near the stage and witnessed that Bea hugged Rue goodbye but left without saying anything to Betty who followed her backstage and called after her.

“It made me feel a bit sad for Betty. But that’s not to say that I didn’t think Bea was terrific. Not only was I a huge fan, but I was in attendance about six months before she died when she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. We were briefly introduced, and she promised an interview. When we didn’t have time to do it that night, she called the next day, we had a nice chat ajd she could not have been more lovely,” Hernandez reported.

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10 Remarks

  1. January 18th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    Gaspar Marino says:

    I heard that Estelle Getty didn’t like Betty either.

  2. When yer fabulous there will always be detractors!

  3. That’s the way she was…sad.

  4. Betty White said in her book “If you ask me” that Bea disliked her positive attitude and sunny disposition. She said “I’d be smiling, and she’d (Bea) be furious!” Positive attitudes and happiness go a long way towards good health and longevity. I am not surprised that Ms. White is still working and looking wonderful.

  5. I absolutely loved all four of these ladies…Golden Girls was my fav program and even now I still watch the re-runs. I totally related to “Bea”. I’s hard to picture anything but love and admiration between them…they ALL made the show what it was. Betty’s personality has kept her young & vibrant…possibly “Bea’s” illness prevented her from enjoying life…or Betty!!! Each character brought their own kind of joy to that show…they hid “well” any dislikes or jealousy they may have had!!!!

  6. Maybe that day Bea and Betty had an argument,even the best of friends sometimes argue.

  7. In the series I never noticed that Bea Arthur did not like Betty White. As it should be, they were supposed to be best friends and they were great actors. But in this years later interview they were interviewed as actors, not as the friends they were in Golden Girls. And it could be that the ill Bea Arthur had not enough energy to give Betty White some of it too. It is a guess, we will never know for sure.

  8. It is a tribute to the professionalism of both actresses that they had chemistry on screen. I think we expect them to be like they are on screen because we adore shows like Golden Girls and Charlie’s Angels which depended on teamwork. The same thing happened with Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd. You would never know it on screen that Kate hated Cheryl.

  9. I loved that show, and still do. I have been skimming through a few sites and
    Was surprised when I read that Bea had a strong dislike for Betty,.

    Wow, That is surprising, but it never showed.

    I also was surprised to find out that Rue kept her Blanche Deveroux lingerie.
    I am glad that I know this information, it is just so amazing how different the girls
    Are from their characters,

  10. July 1st, 2014 at 3:03 am
    Troy von Tussle says:

    There is NOTHING wrong with disliking someone, even severely so. In all other walks of life people are allowed to despise others, like your boss, colleages, even family menbers. You don’t have to like the whole world.
    The same goes for actors. And, Bea/Estelle Vs. Betty are not the only cases of notorious dislike… I mean, we all relish the annecdotes about Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, or Marlene Dietrich just about hating everybody she didn’t or couldn’t sleep with…

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