The D23 Expo’s Golden Girls panel, held Friday afternoon, gave fans a more intimate look into the award-winning and long-time running series, and its impact on television. Director and Writer Terry Hughes attended the panel, along with Writers Barry Fanaro & Stan Zimmerman, Art Director John Shaffner, Production Designer Michael Hynes. Author of Golden Girls Forever, Jim Colucci also joined in the panel’s discussion.
Named “The Golden Girls: A Celebration of Friendship, Laughter, and Cheesecake” the panel truly radiated the feeling of friendship. According to Oh My Disney, the panel began and ended with the show’s theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend” and D23 guests and fans attending the panel broke out in a spontaneous sing-a-long! Although Betty White wasn’t in attendance she sent a personal letter to the panel, read aloud by Disney imagineer Morgan Richardson; where Betty described The Golden Girls as “one of the best experiences of my life and I will treasure it always.”
Throughout the panel, the writers reminisced on the hard work the four actresses, (Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty) put into the show on a daily basis; and how when the idea for the show was first pitched they questioned its ability to generate viewers. “Why would anyone watch a show about four older women living together?”, they thought.
I believe now with 7 succesful seasons, syndication across multiple television networks over the years, and popularity among multiplule generations, the staff is thankful they didn’t second guess their decision to pursue the series. All four actresses have been honored as Disney Legends for their work on the successful television series.
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