Recasting 'The Golden Girls': The Classic Sitcom Gets A Latin Makeover!

Greece, Turkey, Russia, the U.K. and various Latin American countries have remade the classic 80s sitcom, The Golden Girls, and this fall—Spain will join the party with a remake entitled, Las Chicas de Oro. All of these re-imaginings got us thinking about how The Golden Girls would look with our dream cast.
In the words of Sophia Petrillo: “Picture this!”

1. Golden Girls: Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

Shelley Morrison, 73, as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

Dorothy—played by Bea Arthur—was the smarty-pants of the four golden girls.  She was often the voice of reason who had to knock some sense into the rest of the crew. Enter Spanish actress, Shelley Morrison. When it comes to stone-cold grilling—there’s no actress on the planet more talented than Morrison. Remember the looks she gave Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) as maid Rosario Salazar on Will & Grace?  Priceless!

2. Golden Girls: Rose Nylund

Lupe Ontiveros, 67, as Rose Nylund

Rose—played by Betty White—was naïve and lets face it—kind of simple. But she was also loveable and sweet. Lupe Ontiveros (As Good As It Gets)—who is known for playing spunky older women—has a loveable soft side, but she's also great at playing characters that are totally zany and unpredictable.

3. Golden Girls: Blanche Devereaux

Raquel Welch, 69, as Blanche Devereaux

Who better to play sexy Southern belle Blanche Deveraux—portrayed in the original series by Rue McClanahan—than the legendary Raquel Welch—the object of every man’s fantasy. The Bolivian actress and sex symbol—one of GQ’s 25 Sexiest Women of All-Time— has the pizzazz and the femininity that made Blanche the hot tamale on the show.

4. Golden Girls: Sophia Petrillo

Chita Rivera, 77, as Sophia Petrillo

Sophia—played by Estelle Getty—was the show’s comic relief character.  She was known for never pulling any punches or beating around the bush. We can’t think of anyone better than Chita Rivera, who originated the role as the fiery Anita in West Side Story, to deliver Sophia’s shocking lines.

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