Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"The Golden Girls" Dolls !
When my favorite collector asked me to do dolls of "The Golden Girls" from the classic TV situation comedy, it seemed like a tall order (in the case of Bea Arthur, it was), but it was also a labor of love. The squabbles between the four women were masterpieces in the tradition of radio's "The Bickersons" and TV's "Sanford and Son".The chemistry among the four principals was comically explosive - Betty White's clueless Rose Nylund, Bea Arthur's deadpan Dorothy Zbornak, Estelle Getty's spunky little Sophia Petrillo (Dorothy's Mom), and Rue McClanahan's promiscuous Blanche Devereaux. They all had their moments, but the anchor to the comedy was definitely Bea Arthur's masterful comic reactions. No comic actor ever got as many laughs from a deadpan stare as Bea Arthur. The ladies are (as always) completely hand-sculpted and constructed by hand. All of their costumes and accessories were entirely handmade as well. Each lady had her own distinctive mode of dress (which defined her character) and it was fun capturing that. The dolls range in size from towering Bea Arthur (17 inches) to tiny Estelle Getty (14 inches).