Behind the Laughter: Insights from the Golden Age of Sitcoms

By Sarah Norman | March 20, 2024

Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen Of 'Full House' Aren't Identical Twins

If you were a fan of sitcoms in the 1980s, then you may have thought you knew everything there was to know about your favorite shows and their stars. But behind the scenes, there were stories of drama, conflict, and fascinating moments that you never got to see on the screen. From Full House to Night Court, Moonlighting to Family Matters, Dallas to Dynasty, and The Golden Girls, this gallery takes a deep dive into the stories and secrets of the stars of these beloved shows. Get ready to discover the behind-the-scenes drama that made these shows must-see TV, and learn about the juicy tidbits that even the most die-hard fans may not know. Keep reading to uncover the hidden stories of your favorite sitcom stars from the 1980s.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became television stars at just 9 months old, jointly playing the role of Michelle Tanner on Full House. Despite their similar appearances, they are actually fraternal twins. Mary-Kate is left-handed, while Ashley is right-handed, which can sometimes be used to tell them apart.

Currently in their mid-30s, the Olsen sisters have turned their attention to fashion. They first ventured into the industry in 1999, partnering with Walmart to create a girls' fashion line. In 2008, they co-founded their luxury fashion brand, The Row, followed by their contemporary line, Elizabeth & James, the following year.

Katey Sagal Said She 'Disguised' Herself As Peg Bundy On 'Married... with Children' Because She Didn't Want To Be Recognized

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Katey Sagal, who portrayed the character of Peg Bundy in the long-running sitcom Married... with Children for 11 seasons, recently revealed on The Talk that she was primarily working as a musician before landing the role. Sagal expressed her concerns during the show that she might lose her job and have to go back to performing gigs if she got fired from the sitcom. She said:

So I sort of had this idea that I'll disguise myself so that nobody will recognize me when I take this [costume] off. So that was one of my motivations... because she was really in drag. I mean, that was her, she was really dolled up. And I didn't really look like that, so I could go about my normal life... I went into the audition wearing very tight clothes, and I had my hair up. I sort of felt like when I read the script that they [Peg Bundy and her husband] spoke so horribly to each other that they had to have something really hot going on somewhere.