- Actress and comedienne Beatrice Arthur stars as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak on the hit show "The Golden Girls." Arthur was born in 1922 in New York. She was a regular on Sid Caesar's "Caesar's Hour" and then she took to the stage - playing Lucy Brown in the Off-Broadway premiere of Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera." She gave a show-stopping performance as Yente the Matchmaker in the premiere of "Fiddler on the Roof" on Broadway, and she also starred as Vera Charles in "Mame" alongside Angela Lansbury. Arthur won a Tony Award for her work in "Mame" and she reprised the role in the 1974 film version opposite Lucille Ball. For her work in television, Arthur is well known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker's cousin, Maude Findlay, on "All in the Family." This role led to the spin-off series "Maude" for which Arthur won an Emmy. Arthur's portrayal of Dorothy on "The Golden Girls" led to her second Emmy win. In addition to playing Dorothy on "The Golden Girls," the character also appeared on the television shows "Empty Nest" and "The Golden Palace." Arthur won a Comedy Ace Award for her performance on "Malcolm in the Middle" and she recently played Larry David's mother on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In 2002 Arthur returned to the stage in "Bea Arthur: Just Between Friends," a compilation of songs and stories based on her life and career which garnered a Tony nomination. In 2008 Arthur was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.
- Actress Betty White stars as Rose Nylund on the hit show "The Golden Girls." White was born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She entered mainstream television landing the title role on the sitcom "Life with Elizabeth" which led her to win the first of many Emmy Awards. White was originally cast for a guest role on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but her character of Sue Ann Nivens soon became a permanent fixture. White earned two more Emmy nods while appearing on the series. White has played the character of Rose Nylund on three other series in addition to "The Golden Girls" -- "Empty Nest," "The Golden Palace," and "Nurses." She received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Rose Nylund each year that "The Golden Girls" was on the air. Over the years, White has also been featured on an extensive list of television shows such as "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Boston Legal," "That 70's Show," "The Love Boat," " Mama's Family," "The Practice," "Everwood," "My Wife and Kids" and "Joey." White has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. In addition to her acting, she has authored many books and she is also well known for her tireless efforts as an animal rights activist.
- Actress Rue McClanahan stars as Blanche Devereaux on the hit show "The Golden Girls." Born in 1934 and raised in Oklahoma, McClanahan was a stage actress throughout the 1950s until Norman Lear selected her for a role on his show "All in the Family," and later he gave her the role of Vivian Harmon (opposite Bea Arthur) on "Maude." McClanahan is also well known for her roles as Aunt Fran on "Mama's Family" and Caroline Johnson on "Another World." McClanahan won an Emmy award for her work on "The Golden Girls" and she reprised the role of Blanche Devereaux on "The Golden Palace," "Empty Nest," and "Nurses." Some of her other television credits include "The Love Boat," "Boy Meets World" and "Touched By An Angel." McClanahan has appeared in films such as "The Fighting Temptations," "Starship Troopers" and "Out To Sea" opposite Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. She has also appeared in numerous television movies, including "Home Again," "A Holiday to Remember," and "The Wickedest Witch." McClanahan's work on Broadway has included playing Countess de Lage in "The Women," "The Vagina Monologues" in New York and Los Angeles, "Jimmy Shine" with Dustin Hoffman, "The Best Laid Plans," "Sticks and Bones" and "California Suite." Her Off-Broadway credits include "Who's Happy Now," "Macbird!," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," "Dylan," "Dark of the Moon," "Crystal and Fox," "God Says There Is No Peter Ott," and "Big Man."
- Actress Estelle Getty stars as Sophia Petrillo on the hit show "The Golden Girls." Getty was born in 1923 in New York. Her career began with a part in the 1978 film "Team-Mates," and she landed the famous role of Sophia while she was in Los Angeles on tour for the play "Torch Song Trilogy," in which she played Harvey Fierstein's mother. Getty reprised her Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning role of Sophia on "The Golden Palace" and "Empty Nest." Some of her other television credits include "Newhart," "Blossom," "Mad About You" and "Cagney & Lacey." She has also appeared on the game show "Hollywood Squares." She appeared in films such as "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" with Sylvester Stallone, "Mask" with Cher, "Tootsie," "Mannequin" and "Stuart Little." Estelle Getty passed away in Hollywood on July 22, 2008 at the age of 84 after suffering from Lewy body dementia.