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Old 04-16-2017, 10:18 AM   #31
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As I mentioned before, my guess is that Bea didn't so much hate Betty, as she was jealous of her. And I doubt she had to force herself to join her for lunch.

Going to lunch with Betty White would not be an act of sacrifice or generosity, it would be a joy. She's a delightful person. I'd be thrilled to have lunch with her any day.
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I think she felt she was more of an actress than Betty. Mom came from Broadway.

In other words, she was a colossal snob.

"Betty starred on a game show at one point"? At one point?

Are you freakin' kidding me? Betty White starred in two television shows in the early days of TV. Life With Elizabeth and Date With the Angels. She has done numerous motion pictures. (How many movies was Bea Arthur in?) And she was a FAVORITE guest on so many early television shows even Betty herself probably can't remember them all.

And since when does "coming from Broadway" justify calling someone "the c word" or giving her own son the impression that she was "more of an actress" than she was? Let's face it. She mistreated Betty. She mistreated Estelle Getty, and she mistreated an entire Broadway audience one night just because she got drunk.

Nice try, Matthew. I get it..you loved your mother. But you just provided more proof to the rumor that she was a bee-otch, without meaning to.

Agreed! No disrespect to him but if he is going to summarize Betty's Resume, then get the details. She did more than game shows. Betty had been in the industry close to 70 years (possibly even more). Bless his heart.
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As I mentioned before, my guess is that Bea didn't so much hate Betty, as she was jealous of her. And I doubt she had to force herself to join her for lunch.

Going to lunch with Betty White would not be an act of sacrifice or generosity, it would be a joy. She's a delightful person. I'd be thrilled to have lunch with her any day.

Bea and Betty had two very different personalities. Bea was a natural pessimist and low key, while Betty is a natural optimist and high energy. Betty seemed to be of the opinion of working hard but having fun while working, while Bea seemed more like she wanted things to be very serious.
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I always imagined that the reason the actresses didn't get along was because they had opposite personalities. Betty was more upbeat and optimistic while Bea often times came across as a downer. But they were able to play the part of being best friends as Rose and Dorothy very convincingly. A truely good actor makes you believe their characters are real no matter what.
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But they were able to play the part of being best friends as Rose and Dorothy very convincingly. A truely good actor makes you believe their characters are real no matter what.

Absolutely. I've always admired how each of the four women played their characters. I just don't like what I've heard about Bea in real life. Makes me sad that someone blessed with such a privileged life couldn't just relax, be grateful, and enjoy it.

The incident described by Adrienne Barbeau when Bea disrupted a Broadway play with a drunken rant to demean the cast just further demonstrated that she needed to feel superior to others at all times. So her anger wasn't confined to just Betty.

As far as I know, no one else has had anything negative to say about Betty. At least, publicly. That's quite remarkable for someone who's been in Hollywood for over 70 years!
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If Bea had "drunken rants" then perhaps she had a problem with alcohol. That would put a different spin on her personality "flaws."

I don't mind that Bea played tough abrasive characters and that this quality was a part of her real personality. She sounds like somebody who didn't like anybody very much, and maybe she was too consumed with her own life and issues to bother with other people, and so she came off as not liking them - Betty included.

I bet that if you are somebody who is introverted and needs peace around her that having someone who is supposedly always cheerful would end up being a nuisance. Maybe Bea just preferred to be around people who were more mellow.
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