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After NBC cancelled The Golden Girls when Bea Arthur decided to leave the show, CBS took Rose (Betty White), Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Sophia (Estelle Getty), and made them hoteliers of the run-down Golden Palace Hotel in South Beach, Miami.
On this spin-off series, Blanche had sold her Miami home after Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur) left to get married, and the remaining three housemates bought the small Art Deco hotel.
Also appearing in the series were Cheech Marin as Chuy Castillos, their Mexican-born chef, Don Cheadle as Roland Wilson, the women’s black Manager/Desk Clerk, and Billy L Sullivan as Oliver Webb, a young boy who does odd jobs at the hotel.
The series, without Bea Arthur’s caustic wit, failed to attract an audience, and the show was cancelled after only one year on the air.
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