Who knew that a comedy about four elderly divorcees and widows could provide
nearly a decade of consistent Emmy-worthy material and ensuing generations of
sought-after reruns? Apparently, creator Susan Harris, who assembled an all-star
cast of sitcom vets, ... more including Betty White, Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan, rounding out the foursome with
theater- and film-actress Estelle Getty as the senior matriarch. Sadly, all
but White passed away in a three-year span between 2008 and 2010. But in its own
way, "Golden Girls" made it possible for future women-driven hits, like "Sex and
the City" and "Girlfriends," to find their audience.