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Late Golden Girls star Bea Arthur took a secret to the grave - she reportedly contracted a venereal disease while she was serving in the Marine Corps.
Friends insist the actress never talked about her military service for fear someone would dig deeper and uncover her most embarrassing details.
But newly-released government documents, obtained by America's Globe tabloid, expose the truth.
Arthur received a single misconduct report while she was stationed at Cherry Point in North Carolina in the mid-1940s and charged with "incapacitation for duty".
The actress, who passed away in 2009, was honourably discharged in 1945 and spent the rest of her life flatly denying she had served in the military, fearing that the secret would ruin her career.
Arthur was married to another Marine, Arthur Robert at the time. »
A while back we posted a picture of Jai Rodriguez in drag for an episode of the upcoming NBC series Harry’s Law on NBC. But it was much more complicated than that picture let on. Jai says he’s done drag before, but this role actually required him to “change my gender.” He cites Candis Cayne as his role model, and says he has two big production numbers as a singer in the show as well.
Speaking of NBC, they’re developing a new period drama set in the Playboy clubs of the 1960s. For the younger readers, Playboy used to have private clubs, with women in backkess swimsuits and bunny ears serving drinks. I’m not at all sure how a broadcast network could handle the gender issues and the smoking, but I’m curious to find out.
A while back, we showed you a picture from a »
- Ed Kennedy
Bea Arthur served up the jokes, making America laugh for decades on TV - but, as it turns out, the late actress also served her country in the Marine Corps during her youth.
According to TheSmokingGun.com, the "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" star served for 30 months starting in 1943. She reportedly was a member of the Women's Reserve and worked as a truck driver and typist.
According to one document obtained by the website, she was stationed at Marine headquarters in Washington, D.C., as a typist and also worked at Marine Corps and Navy air stations in ...
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Normal people would call this a slow news day story, but as Golden Girls enthusiasts, we call this the story of a lifetime. The Smoking Gun has dug up papers that prove that Bea Arthur was enlisted in the Marine Corps for over two years when she was a young woman. In 1943, Arthur, whose name back then was Bernice Frankel, enlisted in the Women’s Reserve and served as a typist and a truck driver, among other duties. A truck-driving Marine? Yeah, that’s our Dorothy Zbornak. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this story though, is that for years, Arthur actually denied having served in the military. She never spoke of her service, not even after she married fellow Marine Robert Arthur and took the surname which became her stage name. Arthur was honorably discharged in 1945 with the title of staff sergeant, and two years later, enrolled in drama school. »
- Liz Black
Before she was a Golden Girl , Bea Arthur was a Marine. She denied it when asked in interviews, but the Smoking Gun found records showing that Arthur (then Bernice Frankel) served in the Marine Corps for two and a half years, starting in 1943 when she was 21. She was a typist and a truck driver, and was one of the first to serve in the Women’s Reserve, ultimately achieving the rank of staff sergeant. In a 1943 letter to military officials, Arthur notes that she had “dabbled in music and dramatics.” After enlisting, she married another Marine and took »
- Evann Gastaldo
Apparently, the crew of CSI: New York is ridiculously excited about their latest guest star and frankly, we can’t blame them: EW has learned exclusively that Adrienne Barbeau will appear in a February episode of the CBS drama. She’ll play a clinic manager who plays an important part of an investigation to track down a hit man played by Ne-Yo. (Yes, you read that right. For more on the R&B star’s appearance in the episode, click here).
- Lynette Rice
For those who grew up on the Airplane! and Naked Gun series – by which I mean "watched these films about 10 billion times when they were 12"– it is something of a shock to learn that Leslie Nielsen was not originally a comic actor. He was not only a straight leading man, but a very handsome one, too. It's a concept almost as bizarre as Nielsen not being funny, not because he was not a handsome older man, but because he so subsumed his good looks beneath the deadpan mask. (For the ultimate example of this, look up on YouTube the time Nielsen farted on air while being interviewed on breakfast TV. He managed to keep a gloriously straight face. Lorraine Kelly was less successful.)
- Hadley Freeman
I am a Star Wars enthusiast. I own the movies on VHS and DVD, and can quote them while watching or on my own (which gives my wife no pleasure whatsoever). I own the soundtracks, I read the books and comics, I have t-shirts, I have video games, two versions of Star Wars Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, and drive a crappy white 1991 Bonneville that I have affectionately dubbed “The Millennium Falcon”. I even still buy Star Wars toys without lying to everyone about how they’re for my kids. I own the Droids DVD, and have actually debated with myself in stores as to whether or not I should purchase the various Ewok specials, merely because they are Star Wars. I have surpassed geek and gone straight to nerd where Star Wars is concerned. So it’s no wonder that when I first found out in the mid 90s about The Star Wars Holiday Special, »
Funny and radical, The Golden Girls turned widowhood and divorce into one-liners and warmth
It's not much fun being an older woman on TV. You can be a presenter (until they kick you off air). You can be Nora Batty (pursued by an amorous ferret-fancier). You can be Margaret Meldrew (tending husband Victor while sporting a frown like the Grand Canyon). Or you can be a fabulously astute amateur detective like Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (and wherever you go, someone seems to die).
From 1985 to 1992, The Golden Girls gave us a glorious alternative. This Us comedy, based on the lives of four women living together in Miami, turned widowhood and divorce into one-liners and warmth. The cast are superb throughout: during the seven series, all four won Emmys.
There is Betty White as Rose Nylund, a naïf from St Olaf, Minnesota, brought up on a farm with eight »
- Kira Cochrane
How we love it when celebrities confirm what everyone’s been saying behind their backs. We had always assumed Victoria Beckham was too busy drooling over David’s body to hear his oddly high voice, and we love being right! Says Victoria, “I don’t really notice that he’s got a high-pitched voice. I just think he’s so goddamn perfect that people have to find something wrong with him.” We can all agree that David Beckham is so profoundly hot, he must have at least one flaw or the universe would implode on itself. But honestly, when you see him talk, he comes off like Tweety Bird and Mickey Mouse’s super-jacked, tattoo-covered baby. Claims Victoria, “He just naturally looks good all the time. He never looks like s**t in the morning. Never. So he’s sitting there sending his e-mails, all ripped. Not an ounce of fat on him. »
- Halle Kiefer
Betty White is scheduled on Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio on Tuesday September 28 at 8/7. Ms. White will sit down with James Lipton tomorrow on Inside the Actor's Studio on Bravo. She will be discussing her Emmy -winning hosting stint on SNL, her fond memories of her Golden Girls cast members, and Betty.s adorable take on Facebook. You will not want to miss this exclusive interview! Betty White Facebook: Betty White admits she had no clue about the Facebook campaign Betty White SNL: Betty White shares what her experience was like hosting Saturday Night Live Betty White, Bea, Estelle, Rue: Betty White shares what it was like to work with Bea Arthur, »
- April MacIntyre
We were TV fanatics before we were TV reporters and many of us still fondly remember cracking up watching "The Golden Girls'" antics. Then, of course, breaking down when we watched the finale in which Bea Arthur's Dorothy couldn't say goodbye to the women who had been her life for seven seasons.
The last remaining "Golden Girl," Betty White, has had quite the resurgence in the past year including appearances on "Saturday Night Live," the premiere of NBC's "Community" and a starring role in her own show, "Hot in Cleveland," and the film, "You Again."
On Tuesday, White takes the stage on Bravo's "Inside the Actor's Studio" and marvels at how "The Golden Girls" was able to pump out 180 episodes about "four old broads." She also talks about how her agent forced her to appear on "SNL" and how she had no clue about the Facebook campaign that »
Alec Baldwin wants Blake Lively to strip down for a good cause. The star of "30 Rock" voiced his mind on which star he would love to see naked in a PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" ad when met by E! News at the Palladium in Hollywood, where he hosted the organization's 30th anniversary gala.
Presented with the question, the 52-year-old actor spilled, "Wow, that's a very personal question. [Laughs]. I don't think I should names - Blake Lively. It's wrong of me to say anyone - Blake Lively." On the reason why, he explained, "These younger girls, whether they get naked or not, are the biggest stars, who are the role models...I'm a big fans of hers. I think she's a really really gorgeous woman, very stylish. These are the ones who have all the influence."
During the brief chat, Alec also made comment on the meat »
Picture it: Miami, 1984. That's when NBC premiered the Golden Girls, the beloved sitcom about four older women living together. There was dopey Rose (Betty White), promiscuous Blanche (Rue McClanahan), dating-challenged Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and her sarcastic mom Sophia (Estelle Getty). But as different as the characters were, they all had one thing in common: They could hurl an insult better than anyone. It's been 25 years since the show's premiere, but the jokes are still just as funny. Tell us: Which insult was the best? Photos: Guide to Living the Golden Life »
- Cara Lynn Shultz
HollywoodNews.com: It’s no surprise to see that Paul McCartney has been selected to receive the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. A few years back, he was to be honored but had to turn down the opportunity because of an important family event so organizers honored Paul Simon instead!
Well, now Paul is back and apparently to show up!
This is one legendary performer and the honor is well-deserved. His history as one of The Beatles is one thing but the fact that he also sang lead on so many of the biggest hits and co-wrote them with John Lennon only adds to his legend.
Then there has been the post-Beatles career which has thrived for the last 40 years first with his band Wings then as a solo artist.
As a huge Broadway fan, I’m thrilled to see the inclusion of composer Jerry Herman as one of the five honorees. »
- Greg Hernandez
Everyone's favorite batch of gray haired, side-splitting retirees is headed to DVD. "The Golden Girls: 25th Anniversary Complete Collection" is sure to bring lots of laughs to ages across the generations.
"The Golden Girls" aired from 1985 and ended in 1992 and follows the four lovely ladies Dorothy (Beatrice Arthur), Rose (Betty White), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia (Estelle Getty) as they live up retired life in Miami.
The collection will also be packaged in a replica of Sophia's wicker purse and will feature a DVD bonus feature from each season. The collection will also include a trivia challenge, a "Golden Moments" compilation of laughs over the seasons and exclusive insights and commentaries with Arthur, McClanahan and White.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is releasing the collection of seven years of laughter, tears, friendship and fun in a 21-disc commemorative set on November 9.
Last night, Kevin Pollak sat down and talked to Neil Patrick Harris for two hours, and It was a thoroughly enjoyable interview in which they were able to detour into fun stories. It should be available on iTunes by the time you read this. So many tidbits, but the one on everyone’s mind is why did he tweet about the twins if he wanted privacy. He became aware the story was breaking (again), and his privacy plea is so the photographers don’t start following David and Nph everywhere trying to glimpse the surrogate, who isn’t a public figure. Makes sense. He understands that he is a public figure, and that certain publicity will come with kids, just not yet. Meanwhile, three photographers had staked out Kevin Pollak’s studio. »
Actress Rue McClanahan was best known for her role as lusty Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the television sitcom The Golden Girls. She had a successful career on stage, film and television for over fifty years.
She was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma on February 21, 1934. She studied theater at the University of Tulsa and made her professional stage debut at the Erie Playhouse in Pennsylvania in 1957. Soon after, she was performing in off-Broadway plays in New York.
McClanahan began acting in films in the early 1960s, appearing in the low-budget thriller Five Minutes to Live (aka Door-to-Door Maniac) (1961) starring Johnny Cash. She continued her career in such features as the Sherlock Holmsian fantasy They Might Be Giants (1971) with George C. Scott, and the western slasher film Blade (1973).
- Harris Lentz
HollywoodNews.com: They are two of the most successful sitcom actresses in television history and starred for seven seasons together on “The Golden Girls.”
Betty, the recent “Saturday Night Live” host whose new sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” is off to a strong start in the TV ratings, played the sweet and innocent Rose Nyland opposite Bea’s acerbic Dorothy Zbornak, Rue McClanahan’s slutty Blanche Devereaux and Estelle Getty’s feisty Sophia Petrillo.
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- Greg Hernandez
Betty White is one of the true pioneers of television, making her debut on the nascent medium in 1939. More than seven decades on and she remains a star of the small screen, headlining a new sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland," which debuted to record ratings for TV Land Wednesday night. White was interviewed in 1997 by the Archive of American Television, an offshoot of the foundation of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. She is just one of scores of TV legends to have granted this invaluable resource in-depth video interviews. Other subjects include two of the other "Golden Girls" -- Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan -- along with Dick Clark, Norman Lear, Mary »
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