Before becoming a famous actress, Arthur had a very different job—a truck driving Marine! Arthur volunteered for the United States Marine Corps and was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve before World War II.
She served as both a typist and a truck driver and according to The Smoking Gun, she listed hunting with a “.22 caliber rifle and a bow and arrow,” among her active hobbies on her volunteer application.
They Had Millions Upon Millions of Viewers
Fans were seriously in love with their Golden Girls. In fact, audiences were so thrilled by the show that the fanbase reached a record of twenty-five million people! The number of viewers remained steady throughout the running of the show.
The fans were loyal and stuck with the series throughout its seven-year duration.
Betty White: Was The Last Woman Standing
Betty White lived an impressive life and at 99 was last living member of the cast of The Golden Girls. In 2008, Estelle Getty passed away from a type of Dementia, followed by Bea Arthur who, in 2009, sadly passed away from cancer. In 2010, Rue McClanahan tragically left us too.
White was pretty active up until her last days, still made sometimes the odd television appearances. But by the end of 2021, close to her 100th birthday, she sadly passed.
The House's True Location
Although the show is said to be set on 6151 Richmond Street in Miami, Florida, in reality, the home featured throughout the series is actually on 245 North Saltair Avenue, in a neighborhood called Brentwood in Los Angeles.
According to real estate documents, the 2901-square-foot house has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and it's valued over $3 million. The famous house is still there but is now surrounded by high walls and foliage to discourage curious fans from snooping around.
The Famous Hand Bag
According to The New York Post, while to prepare for her audition, Estelle Getty found Sophia’s infamous straw handbag as was shopping for props in L.A.
Years after the show ended the purse was sold at auction for $10,000. Who has it and can I buy it from you?!