"Bea and I worked just like cream. We got along personally, we got along professionally," McClanahan said.
Off-screen, Arthur was "very private and rather shy," McClanahan, 75, continued. "Her emotions were just under the skin. You could look at her cross-eyed and she'd burst into tears. I saw her do that once. She was a sensitive person.
"Golden Girls was such a happy time in our lives," said White, 87.
White remembers Arthur more for her one-woman show than her TV roles, though.
"I went to see it three times," White said. "She was just magnificent."