When someone mentions celebrity fitness videos, Jane Fonda quickly pops to mind. After all, she practically invented the genre with her highly-successful exercise videos in the 80s. Naturally, everyone and their dog wanted to jump on the fitness bandwagon. Even The Golden Girl’s Estelle Getty made one. Til this day, stars are still sharing their workout routines to make a bit of extra cash.
BuzzFeed recently shared some vintage fitness videos from back in the day. There’s something about the production values during the 80s and early 90s that makes everything super cheesy.
Since the Reunion Part 2 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs tonight, I thought I’d share BuzzFeed’s list. For those who don’t watch the Bravo reality show, this season was all about the competing Stallion Booty and Donkey Booty workout videos. Check out a few of my favorites vintage ones below.
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Seeing how The Golden Girls are somewhat gay icons and beloved by our community, I thought it was only fitting to revisit this clip. Over 20 years ago, the sitcom tackled the subject of gay marriage in the episode titled “Sister of the Bride.” Definitely way ahead of its time.
If you recall, Blanche (Rue McClanahan) had a gay brother named Clayton (Monte Markham). In a previous episode, he came out to sister. This time around, he was back to tell Blanche about his commitment ceremony with his boyfriend. Sophia (Estelle Getty) in her usual fashion gets Blanche to come around to the idea. Check out the clip below. As a side note, this episode was co-written by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives).
It’s been almost 20 years since “The Golden Girls” signed off from NBC, but that hasn’t stopped Betty White from dishing out some dirt. In a recent interview with Joy Behar on her HLN show, White aka Rose Nyland revealed a few juicy details from the set. White was on hand to promote her new book “If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)“. The 89-year-old actress told Behar that one of her former co-stars wasn’t fond of her.
“I don’t know what I ever did but she was not that thrilled with me.” - Betty White
Which Golden Girl do you think had it in for White? Estelle Getty (Sophia), Rue McClanahan (Blanche) or Bea Arthur (Dorothy)? You’ll have to scroll down a bit further to find out. Yup, I’m making you work for it. LOL.
Thankfully there is no recent news of yet another one of my Golden Girls passing away, as the title of this article may suggest. The update is simply that I have finally wrapped up my year-long viewing of all seven seasons of the Golden Girls, starting with the very first episode and gradually making my way through to the series finale. The only reason I took as long is I did was the effort that I needed to endure in order to find both seasons four and seven on DVD.
I have to admit that the final episode definitely brought me to tears, as the actresses spoke ad lib, although still in character, about the other three women they had spent the last seven years working alongside. I won’t ruin the ending for those of you who are also venturing through each of the seasons, but I always feel a pull on my heartstrings when I see anyone genuinely crying over an amazing achievement coming to an end. The Golden Girls were no exception.
Over the seven seasons, much like the more recent Sex and the City franchise, Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia explored the intricacies of life that affect all women (and some men), applicable to both the young and old. Dealings with sexuality, disease, family matters and friendships always shaped each episode, tackling some of the most difficult topics ever to be discussed on television during the 1980s and 1990s. One particular episode where Rose had potentially contracted HIV through a tainted blood transfusion was excessively dark in its execution, but the importance of the issue at the time was so relevant that I truly believe this episode (when originally aired) would have helped a lot of people cope with a similar situation.
If you know me well enough, you’ll know there are only a few things in this world that really get me excited. Roller coasters are one, Dairy Queen Blizzards are another, but the Golden Girls take the cake.
I have recently purchased all seven seasons worth of episodes of TV-on-DVD and am approximately half-way through season five. Growing up in the 80s, I found myself chuckling along with the girls as a young child, but I never really understood the root of my laughter. I think at the time it was largely based on the fact that my mom was laughing, so the show had to be funny, and I didn’t want to seem out of place.