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So, what’s your lasting impression of the four women on the show?

“Well, I told you what I think of Betty, which is that she’s so smart. (People know that she’s got a wicked sense of humour and that she’s super sweet but, Lord, is she smart. One of the biggest things I took away from the show was what a really intelligent woman she is, and one of the reasons she’s so nice is that she really knows who she is. So yeah, she’s pretty darn perfect.)

With Bea, I just remember how vulnerable she was. She had this gruff exterior but, the truth is, if you told her a sad story, she could be reduced to tears, quickly. She had a lot of emotions inside and her persona was one of someone strong and gruff, but that’s not who the woman inside was.

With Rue, she was just an actress, through and through. She tore into each script and just worked at it and took it very seriously. Jamie and I wrote the episode where she sings on the piano, “I Want To Be Loved By You.” I had the privilege of working with her to go over the movements on the piano, and to find the funniest way to perform the song. And, before the cameras rolled, she had that thing down. I mean, boy, she took it seriously. That’s what I’ll always remember about her: how seriously she considered her craft.

And Estelle was just like everyone’s grandmother. She was just the sweetest lady. She wasn’t full of herself, didn’t take herself seriously, and she loved all the gay writers, like myself. She had a huge contingent of gay friends in New York and I would introduce her to my friends and she would just be so lovely to them.

The truth is - and, I mean this most sincerely - they were the four most different women you’d ever want to meet, but I loved each and every one of them.” - Marc Cherry