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"The Golden Girls" turns 30: 10 things you didn't know

  • Clockwise from left, "The Golden Girls" cast members Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty pose for a photo. McClanahan died on June 3, 2010 after suffering a stroke. She was 76. Arthur died in 2009 after battling cancer, and Getty died in 2008. "Golden Girls" Star Rue McClanahan Dies at 76
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    It's been 30 years since "The Golden Girls" first aired on Sept. 14, 1985. The show seemed like a gamble, banking on a group of female retirees to win over young viewers, but the bet paid off.

    "The Golden Girls" are still beloved by people of all ages -- Betty White, who played lovable ditz Rose Nylund, said she still gets fan mail from viewers in their 20s.

    Unfortunately, White is the lone survivor of the cast; RIP Bea Arthur, who played sensible Dorothy Zbornak, Estelle Getty, who portrayed Dorothy's mother Sophia Petrillo, and Rue McClanahan, who played the sultry Blanche Devereaux.

    The show lives on, though, and even if you consider yourself a diehard fan, you may not know everything that went on behind the scenes. Here are 10 things you need to know about the show.

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