The Golden Girls, Soap: Marsha Posner Williams, Part 2, TV Series Finale Podcast #47

The Golden GirlsThis is the second part of an interview with producer Marsha Posner Williams. In the first part, we discussed how Williams began her career in television, working on the legendary ABC sitcom, Soap.

As one of the few people to work on the show from the very beginning to its untimely cancellation, Williams shared some of the casting challenges behind the scenes, her first-hand experience with the picketing and controversy surrounding the show, production challenges, and personal memories of the very talented cast, like Katherine Helmond, Robert Mandan, Robert Guillaume, Cathryn Damon, Richard Mulligan, Jay Johnson, and Billy Crystal.

Marsha Posner WilliamsIn the second part of the interview, Williams talks briefly about other Soap alumnae like Ted Wass, Jimmy Baio, Diana Canova, Arthur Peterson, John Byner, and Donnelly Rhodes. She also puts to rest the idea that Soap was intentionally ended with one of the biggest unresolved cliffhangers in TV history.

We discuss some of Williams’ later work like Night Court, Hail to the Chief and Good Grief. She then shares what it was like to work on another incredibly successful Susan Harris series, The Golden Girls, with Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty.

If you missed part one of this audio interview with Williams, you can still listen or download it.

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To learn more about Soap, please listen to an extended interview with ventriloquist Jay Johnson (Chuck and Bob on the series).

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