Ardmore resident creates unique tribute to popular sitcom, Oklahoma actress

Published: Aug. 14, 2019 at 7:03 PM CDT
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It's been more than 20 years since the popular sitcom, Golden Girls, went off the air, but Ardmore native Lori Harrison is keeping the spirit of the show alive through an Airbnb house with a Golden Girls theme.

"It's always been a part of my life," Harrison said. "I've always loved it. It's a cute little show."

It is not just any house, but one built on the property of Rue McClanahan's childhood home.

McClanahan, born in Healdton and raised in Ardmore, played Blanche Deveraux on the show.

Harrison said her family owned the house for several years but got the idea to do something special about a year ago.

"And as I started to fix it up, it just seemed natural to fix it up like the Golden Girl guest house and that's what's it's become," Harrison said.

Harrison said the house is not meant to be a replica of the show's set but an homage to each of the show's characters, with banana leaves and wicker furniture.

However, there are only three bedrooms.

"So I feel really bad we left Dorothy out, but we had to honor Blanche and Rose and Sophia," Harrison said. "Each room has its own theme. It's Blanche's Boudoir and Rose's Room and Sophia's Suite."

Harrison said there has been a steady stream of guests over the past year but it has recently gained exposure with national publications.

"I have been surprised, honestly, how much interest there has been," Harrison said. "I think it has to do with something way greater than the Golden Girls but it's been very exciting to watch it unfold."