Don Cheadle remembered his costar Betty White after her death at 99 on 31, December. The pair collaborated on the Golden Girls spinoff series, which ran from 1992-1993.
“betty was the best of the best,” he shared via Twitter. “when we were shooting scenes together, it was difficult for the DP to get the lighting right between my chocolate and betty’s white! She was either a ghost, or I was the shadow. I came on set one day, and betty had darkened her make-up/hair a bit in an attempt to accommodate for it.”
He continued, “nobody asked her to do it. And that’s just one small example of her overflowing generosity. My dogs thank her too. she gave us our veterinarian reco, who we still see today. she was the gold of them all and will be forever missed.”
His tribute came before the series is set to make its streaming debut via Hulu on 10 January. The Golden Palace‘s significant return was meant to celebrate White’s 100th birthday just seven days later.
The Golden Palace is set after the Golden Girls series finale events that saw Bea Arthur’s departure as Dorothy Zbornak after marrying Blanche’s uncle Lucas.
Betty died just weeks shy of the celebration at her home in Brentwood. Betty was the last of the original Golden Girls cast to die, following McClanahan in 2010, Getty in 2008, and Arthur in 2009.