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Lifetime Intimate Portraits: The Golden Girls

4.8 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Betty White, Estelle Getty, Tippi Hedren, Rue McClanahan, Mary Tyler Moore
  • 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.)
  • 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 (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEL4M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,456 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lifetime Intimate Portraits: The Golden Girls" on IMDb

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By Tamra J. Gibson on 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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My best recommedation to buy this item, interesting and touching.
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