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Lifetime Intimate Portraits: The Golden Girls (1995)

Bea Arthur , Conrad Bain , Gary Ponticello , Lee Grant  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bea Arthur, Conrad Bain, Estelle Getty, Paul Junger Witt, Angela Lansbury
  • Directors: Gary Ponticello, Lee Grant
  • Writers: Gary Ponticiello, Larissa Bills
  • Producers: Ansley Bell, Don Cambou, Gary Ponticiello, Joseph Feury
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,263 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lifetime Intimate Portraits: The Golden Girls" on IMDb

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You know them as The Golden Girls: Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. Now meet Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the women behind the roles whose real lives are as funny, eventful and involving as anything on the screen. This 4-part DVD contains a separate Lifetime Intimate Portrait for each star. Featuring narration by Valerie Harper, John Ritter and Alex Trebek and guest appearances by Angela Lansbury, Harvey Fierstein, Norman Lear, Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Rosie O'Donnell and more favorites, these fascinating portraits reveal each woman's background, rise to stardom, private life and deepest personal concerns. Join the girls for 24-karat entertainment!

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GETTING TO KNOW THE GOLDEN GIRLS IN THEIR OWN WORDS!!! December 2, 2005
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When I first learned this dvd would be available on Amazon I was delighted because Beatrice Arthur is my favorite Golden Girl, and I had missed seeing her intimate portrait when it aired on Lifetime. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled to pop in the dvd and learn more about my favorite funny lady!!!

The main thing I most enjoy about the intimate portrait series are the interviews are in the star's own words, so you really get to know them more intimately! Bea, Rue, Betty, and Estelle we love you!!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Girl Group On Television October 3, 2005
Of all the Golden Girls profiles aired, these are by far the most thorough and accurate tellings of each of the actresses' stories. And included here is perhaps one of the last (if not the last) interviews of Estelle Getty.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Fans! August 8, 2006
By bcf91
This DVD proved to be quite a treat for fans of The Golden Girls when it was released. It features 4 wonderful specials on each of the Golden Girls: Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan. Each episode lasts about 40 to 50 minutes long and is entertaining, yet very informative. What fan doesn't want to learn more about their favorite Golden Girl? I'm so glad this DVD was released. It's a treat for all the GG fans out there.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative January 12, 2006
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The interviews were very informative and gave a background of each actress. The cover can be confusing as it is not necessarily about the show Golden Girls, and why they have Estelle Getty in Sophia make-up is their way to sell more DVD's I assume. Each interview only includes a only small amount of information about their time on Golden Girls.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Must for Your Golden Girl Collection" November 22, 2005
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Did you know anything about the actresses of the Golden Girls? If not, then you will soon know after buying this above average biography of each Golden Girl. Here are some shockers, Bea Arthur used to be a man, just kidding. However, Bea Arthur did use her manly voice to her advantage when she starred in Broadway. Bea Arthur, of course, became an international star when she starred in Maude. Sadly, the end of her marriage also ended, when success became too big for her husband. Rue McClanahan has been married 6 times. She is also a survivor of breast cancer. Betty White found the love of her life in her late forties but tragically he died and left her a widow. Lastly, Estelle Getty is a big aids activist and has a big gay following. Estelle also is separated from her husband. Sadly, Estelle Getty is also a victim of Parkenson disease. This may very well be her last interview. Special Guest Appearances including the late John Ritter, Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner, Rosie O'Donnell and other surprises. This is a must for your Golden Girl collection. Buy it today as a compliment to any Golden Girl dvd series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting November 12, 2007
By alex
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Everything I wanted to know about each Golden Girl is in this interesting DVD. For instance, I din't know anything about Estelle Getty's long career in the theater before her role as Sophia. And I din't know Rue had been married so many times ;o) And what about Bea Arthur, my favorite Golden Girl. She is such a talented actress and I din't know she had been a lab technician before becoming the great actress we all love. And I also din't know Betty White had been married twice before marrying the love of her life: Allen Ludden. All in all, the four of them were absolutely great in "The Golden Girls" and I intend to buy all the DVD's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Girls Must Have January 30, 2006
By onewac
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If you are a Golden Girls fan then this is a must have for your collection. It gives an interesting look at each Golden Girl's background.

Ther only negative thing I find wrong with it is that for some unknown reason they decided to edited it for home viewing. Why they did that is beyond me and I really wish they wouldn't have done that. They could have made this a two disc set if space was the issue. Having said that it isn't chopped up and you don't know what is missing so maybe it is an okay thing.

You can either play the entire thing or just view which Golden Girl you want to know more about. It is 170 minutes long.

Again this is a definite must have for every Golden Girl Fan so what are you waiting for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful DVD with the four touching histories July 11, 2006
By Spacu
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My best recommedation to buy this item, interesting and touching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great completion for this series
Have the entire set for these girls and enjoy them very much. Really think these shows will be enjoyed forever.
Published 8 months ago by atticmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime Intimate Portraits: The Golden Girls.
The DVD recounts the autobiographical details of the four stars of the hit series, 'The Golden Girls'. A great buy!
Published 12 months ago by Peter Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have collectible for Golden Girls enthusiasts!
If you are a Golden Girls fan, you must see this DVD. It gives comprehensive profiles of the four women and their impressive careers in TV.
Published 19 months ago by Dr. Christopher M. Minio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Published on March 26, 2012 by Diamond Winbush
5.0 out of 5 stars True talent
I have not met anyone who didn't enjoy the Golden Girls series. To have this collection assures me that when there isn't anything on television, which is often these days, I'll... Read more
Published on April 5, 2009 by Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the gold
This is a must have for any Golden Girls fan. A very informative and intimate look into the lives of the women who became Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.
Published on April 4, 2009 by Breanna Miner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Set, Very Funny
I bought these for my Wife, and i must say i watched them with her, This is one of the funniest series on tv I had seen in a long time. Read more
Published on January 3, 2009 by Dave Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden stuff
A collection of the Intimate Portrait series shown on Lifetime regarding each "Golden Girl". Shows a lot about each of them which you may be unaware of and offers one a greater... Read more
Published on September 2, 2008 by Jonathan L. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem for any GG fan!
I purchased this DVD because, of course, I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls. I enjoyed this DVD very much. Read more
Published on April 17, 2008 by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Girls; A lifetime intimate Portrait series
I being a Golden Girl fan loved this dvd most especially to listen to Estelle Getty before she left the public eye.
Published on February 10, 2008 by A. Lewis
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