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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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  1. UnFit
    UnFit July 22, 2008 at 5:49 pm |

    Only the good die young…

    Rest in Peace Estelle Getty.

    I agree that there’s a lot of applied feminism in The Golden Girls that probably wasn’t even intended.
    But yea, when I reach that age, they’re definitely my rold models.

  2. annaham
    annaham July 22, 2008 at 6:02 pm |

    RIP, Estelle.

  3. Kristen from MA
    Kristen from MA July 22, 2008 at 6:08 pm |

    R-amen, Jill. I love this show and its stars. As far as I’m concerned, the reruns are the only reason to ever tune into Lifetime.

    RIP, Ms Getty.

  4. k
    k July 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm |

    And Estelle herself was an activist her whole life! For a number of causes, which is another reason I’ve always loved the entire cast of Golden Girls – they were all women who would not back down and be quiet.

  5. K
    K July 22, 2008 at 6:40 pm |

    :( sad. sophia was always my favorite because she was so snarky.

  6. femmina
    femmina July 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm |

    RIP Estelle.

    I’m only 20, but I’ve loved the golden girls since pretty much forever…and as I got older and learned more about the cast I learned to love them too. I may be considerably younger than they are, but I still see them in some way as role models, and when I’m that age, I wanna be a golden girl.

  7. Hugo
    Hugo July 22, 2008 at 10:17 pm |

    What “k” said about the activism — all the cast-members were big in the animal welfare/animal rights movement.

    It was a wonderful show, though Jill, when you say that the characters have interests other than male companionship, it’s difficult to argue that that wasn’t Blanche’s main passion. Not that that diminishes the richness of the program and the cleverness of the writing.

  8. Jack
    Jack July 22, 2008 at 10:27 pm |

    I’ve had “Thank You For Being A Friend” in my head all day. Love that show, love Sophia. RIP, Estelle.

  9. Charity
    Charity July 22, 2008 at 10:38 pm |

    Class act is exactly right. I have such fond memories of that show, and loved every one of the characters. I was young and remember how tripped out I was that Estelle Getty was much younger than her character, she played it so well. Much love, Estelle.

  10. Mikey
    Mikey July 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm |

    I’m grateful you flagged this, Jill.

    I fear that a show like The Golden Girls would never be made today. Maybe I’m getting old, but I think that is true – and tragic.

  11. Hugo
    Hugo July 22, 2008 at 10:58 pm |

    Blanche was lookin’ to do it, but she wasn’t looking for a husband or for a man to complete her.

    True enough, and that’s an important distinction. A charming, kind, loving hedonist to her core – that’s who Blanche was to me.

  12. JenLovesPonies
    JenLovesPonies July 23, 2008 at 12:24 am |

    Oh man! That sucks. I always thought Estelle- and the whole show- was fantastic. Much love for the Girls today.

  13. Cass C. Carter
    Cass C. Carter July 23, 2008 at 4:08 am |

    Estelle Getty’s dead, Dick Cheney’s still alive.

    People ask me why I’m not religious.

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  15. Sarah J
    Sarah J July 23, 2008 at 9:23 am |

    Soooo sad.

  16. kac90b
    kac90b July 23, 2008 at 11:58 am |

    One thing I think the Golden Girls did for me and a small group of best girlfriends was to show us that getting older without a man did not mean you had to be alone. 3 of us – divorcees and 1 widow – plan on being the Golden Girls when we reach that age if we must. Huge comfort in that, since we’re all in our late 40s, early 50s. Not that far off.

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  18. Fatemeh
    Fatemeh July 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    (sniffle) A Golden Girl is dead. Long live the Golden Girls!

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