Co-Star Wars: 15 Legendary Emmy Rivalries

Before 'True Detective''s leads compete for the Best Actor award, check out the Emmys' biggest intershow face-offs

Bea Arthur vs Rue McClanahan vs Betty White

Show: The Golden Girls
Rivalry years: 1986-1989
Who won: Arthur, 1; McClanahan, 1; White, 1
Talk about a three-way! The iconic series' leading ladies competed for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series prize during the show's first four seasons (it ran for from 1985-1992). Each woman won once: White (Rose Nyland) in 1986, McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) in 1987 and Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak) in 1988. The fourth time, Candice Bergen beat them all for her role in Murphy Brown. As for the other Golden Girl — Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo) — she also won an Emmy for her time on the show, for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1988. That's one way of keeping everyone happy.

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