20 Years After the Series Finale, Looking Back at Great Guest Stars in Golden Girls History
After mistakenly getting arrested for prostitution, because this was an ’80s sitcom after all, the girls get a surprise visit from Burt Reynolds, whose concert they missed while in the clink the previous evening.
Holy high hair, Batman! (Because remember the time he was Batman too?) Clooney put in lots of quality time on ’80s shows, and he spent this turn on The Golden Girls as a rookie undercover cop using the girls’ house as a base. Blanche really didn’t mind.
Pre-Saved by the Bell, Mario played a struggling immigrant student whom Dorothy took under her pastel-clad wing. Of course she helped him; who could resist those dimples?
Future Rilo Kiley frontwoman and Brooklyn Bridge star Jenny Lewis played Daisy, an evil little Sunshine Cadet who refused to give Rose her teddy bear back after Blanche accidentally sold it. Rose eventually outsmarted her. Eventually
You can have your Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; I prefer my Quentin Tarantino as a back-row Elvis impersonator at Sophia’s wedding.
Showbiz legend Bob Hope steals a kiss from Rue McClanahan during a cameo as Rose’s surrogate father (it’s complicated… go watch Oxygen) in this 1989 episode. Again, Blanche didn’t mind.
While the girls were sharing memories around the table with cheesecake (so, a typical day), Sophia hit the Valentine’s Day jackpot by snagging the smoldering Julio Iglesias as her date for the evening. Blanche did mind this time.
Television behemoth Dick Van Dyke played Dorothy’s lawyer-turned-clown boyfriend, saving some dolphins while wearing giant shoes in court and securing prime-time TV’s most powerful super-couple.
In a glorious dream sequence, Dorothy has to decide between Lyle Waggoner and Sonny Bono (IMDB, kids). Of course, Sonny’s cameo is nothing compared to Sophia and Dorothy’s stirring rendition of “I Got You Babe.”
The new fourth roommate? Debbie Reynolds guests as Truby Steele, who almost became Dorothy’s replacement in the house, had she remarried Stan. Luckily, she went back to slamming the door in his face.
Blanche has a way with men, but even she didn’t do much for the ex-priest played by Christopher Guest favorite and master of awkward situations Fred Willard.