Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia are all TV icons and goddesses—but who is truly your favorite Golden Girl? Get out your cheesecake, take it to the lanai and let's vote!
The famous condom purchase scene perfectly encapsulates the show's eternal tension between hard-bitten realist Dorothy and clueless innocent Rose. Dorothy and Rose's onscreen strife apparently reflected Arthur and White's real-life conflict, as the two often struggled to get along offscreen.
White was originally supposed to play sexpot Blanche Devereaux, as a nod to her role as Sue Ann Nivens on the "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." But it's hard to imagine anyone other than White portraying clueless, unsophisticated Rose. Her endless ruminations on her life in small-town St. Olaf, Minnesota drive her roommates up the wall, but Rose's sweetness makes her the perfect foil for Dorothy's cynicism. After all, she was a grief counselor and perennial runner-up for Miami's Volunteer of the Year.