Golden Girls Be strong be brave be humble poster. In the pilot script, Blanche was described as “more Southern than Blanche DuBois”, so McClanahan was perplexed when she was asked by director Sandrich during the filming of the pilot not to use the strong southern accent she had developed, but to use her natural Oklahoma accent instead. Once the show was picked-up for a first season, the new director Paul Bogart felt exactly the opposite, insisting that McClanahan use a Southern accent. McClanahan deliberately exaggerated her accent, from “I played Blanche the way I felt Blanche. She thought an accentuated Southern accent … would be sexy and strong and attractive to men. She wanted to be a southern heroine, like Vivien Leigh. , that’s who I think she thought she was.
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