Tabulous Tomes: Golden Girls Forever

April 14, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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If you’re anything like me and came of age in the 1980’s then you loved your 80’s television shows, whether it was Dynasty and Dallas or Cheers and Family Ties. One show that premiered halfway through the decade in 1985 was Golden Girls and because of that, television has never been the same. Last week on April 5th a new book titled Golden Girls Forever┬ácame out covering the story of Golden Girls, from its beginning to its end and all the hilarity in between. Jim Colucci is the author of Golden Girls Forever, I first became familiar with Colucci through the radio, I was an avid fan of the Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius XM’s OUTQ and Jim Colucci is married to Frank DeCaro. In addition to being an author Jim Colucci is a freelance entertainment writer, he would appear on DeCaro’s radio show once a week to bring the listeners up to date on all the news from the world of television.

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Author, Jim Colucci ( via )

In Golden Girls Forever Colucci takes us through the auditions of actresses as NBC tried to find the perfect ladies to play Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia. Colucci breaks down all 180 episodes that make up the seven seasons of Golden Girls, giving us a synopsis of each one as well as lots of tidbits he obtained in exclusive interviews. From a design standpoint, there’s a chapter entitled “From Kitchen To Lanai” covering production and set design, giving us a behind the scenes peek at the beautiful sets used for the show.

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One thing we learn from the book is that initially there was no kitchen in the house, but after receiving an early script calling for a kitchen one had to be hastily put together, of course we all know there were many cheesecakes eaten and problems solved around that kitchen table.

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In Chapter 7 called “Miami, You’ve Got Style” Colucci gives us a look at the legendary wardrobes created for the ladies and how the clothes helped amplify each of the personas of the Golden Girls. This book is a very fun read, it’s full of great photos that bring back lots of memories and if you enjoyed Golden Girls in its heyday or still watch it now in multiple reruns then you need this book. If you have someone special that enjoys the show pick up a copy for them, it will make a great Mother’s Day gift. Enjoy!!!

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