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ISSUE 119 VOL 10 PUBLISHED 12/2/2005

Rumor has it: One of the characters on the television show "The Golden Girls" went to St. Olaf

By Jean Mullins
News Editor

Friday, December 2, 2005

Bette White’s character, Rose Nylund, on the sitcom the “The Golden Girls” did not go to St. Olaf College, but rather was from the fictional town of St. Olaf, Minn. When the producers of the show conceived of Rose and her hometown, they were completely unaware that St. Olaf College existed.

Once they learned there was a college by the same name in Minnesota, they sought the approval of the college. The public relations of the college at the time thought it was a great idea and even sent St. Olaf paraphernalia that occasionally appeared on the show.

White herself has been to St. Olaf twice and holds an honorary theater degree. In 1989, on a trip to California, the St. Olaf Choir was invited to a taping of “The Golden Girls” and taught the entire audience and cast “Um Ya Ya.”

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