Thursday, August 7, 2008

Betty White Sets The Records Straight On Not Attending Estelle Getty's Funeral

The collective reputation of TV's Golden Girls seemed to tarnish somewhat when word circulated that not a single cast member attended the funeral of costar Estelle Getty, who died July 22. But Betty White, who starred on the hit sitcom with Estelle, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur, says no disrespect should be inferred.

"We were with Estelle when it mattered," Betty, 86, tells Entertainment Tonight, reports "I didn't go to her funeral and Paul, her wonderful caretaker, knew I wasn't going to her funeral."

Estelle had long suffered from a form of dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. Betty also insists that Estelle herself would have been incensed at the tabloid stories fueling any notion of lost love between the "girls." "Funerals are about [journalism]," suggests Betty, "who was there and who wasn't? That's not about Estelle."

In terms of feelings about Estelle, "We adored her. To tell you the truth, her passing is tough on us, but it's a blessing for her. She's been so ill for so long, she's in a better place now, wherever she is."


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