Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Golden Girls (1985-1992)

What can one say that hasn't already been said about one of the best sitcoms ever?  Dorothy's facial expressions, Rose's St. Olaf stories, Blanche's sexcapades, Sophia's wisecracks.  They can still make me laugh out loud.  The Golden Girls showed America you could be in your golden years but didn't have to be among the walking almost-dead.  Superb acting and incredible writing made it an Emmy fave.  It's one of three shows where all four leads took home the prize and one of a select few where its spin-off had a spin-off.  

Location: The Golden Girls House
Address: 245 N. Saltair Ave, Brentwood, CA/Disney-MGM Studios, Orlando, FL

The actual house in Brentwood was rebuilt on the Disney/MGM Studios Backlot after the first season.  This was taken on my polaroid camera back in 1987 on the tour.


The residential street houses were torn down in the early 2000s to make room for a new attraction.

Season 7, Episode 26: One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest, Part 2

Location: Dorothy & Lucas' Church
Address: 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA  All Saints Episcopal Church

The interior was filmed on a soundstage but the exterior where Dorothy & Lucas' nuptials were held is seen briefly in the tearjerking series finale...

That Golden Girls Show!

11/19/16 - I was fortunate enough to catch a performance of off Broadway's That Golden Girls Show!   Kudos to the puppeteer playing Dorothy.

Location: Rue La Rue Cafe
Address: 4394 Broadway, New York, NY

Picture It: Washington Heights, NY  February 2017.  Eight long months after the announcement of a Golden Girls-themed restaurant, the day had finally come.  For those not in-the-know, the owner was a close friend of Rue McLanahan's and decided to pay homage to his friend he thanked for being by opening a cafe with loads of Rue's personal photos and memorabilia.  While the cafe does focus the feisty red-head's career, there are plenty of Golden Girls photos, a replica of their kitchen table, even the sunshine yellow wall phone from the actual set!  Among the popular eats are Sophia's 16 hour lasagna, the Clooney Cesar salad, and of course, cheesecake.  If you live in the tri-state area or plan on visiting soon, travel down that road that leads to Rue La Rue cafe.

A golden floor...

Who could ask for a better order number...

The wallpaper from Blanche's Boudoir... 

An....interesting bathroom door...

The actual phone from the set!  

Locations Visited: July 1987, December 1999, November 2013, February 2017, October 2018

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