Sassy Senior YouTube Stars Land Their Own TV Show
Talent agent Teresa Dahlquist, 73, has made her living helping others find fame, but now she's rising to stardom along with her sisters Josie Cavalluzzi, 73, and Mary Bartnicki, 81.
The trio, who have hilariously experienced everything from Kim Kardashian's sex tape to tattooed makeup on their YouTube channel, got their big break with a new TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The "3 Golden Sisters" will premiere tonight with back-to-back episodes at 7 p.m.
Veteran reality producer Eric Schotz first noticed Teresa's flair when she was pitching him another show. Schotz didn't like her idea...but he liked her. He told the L.A. Daily News, "[W]e turned to her and said, 'You're interesting.' She goes, 'I'm nothing. I have two sisters and they're funnier.' We met with them and signed them the next day." When networks rejected the sisters because of their age, Schotz took to YouTube, posting the ladies' reaction to the Kim Kardashian tape. Unsurprisingly, the clip was a viral hit (did we learn nothing from Betty White?), and Oprah came calling the next day.
Teresa, Josie and Mary can talk about more than just the intricacies of Ray J's anatomy: in their dozens of videos, they discuss pop culture phenomena, go on adventures, and even give advice to their fans. (There's no shame in sending nudes to your deployed boyfriend, they insist...just make sure you pose "like Betty Grable".) Josie says she's had a wonderful time filming the show and the YouTube videos: "I compare it to my freshman year in college, when I was so excited and having so much fun," she told the Daily News.
According to the OWN website, the show "will follow [the sisters] on a new hilarious adventure" each week. The three have already tried synchronized swimming and karate ("to defend ourselves from zombies," Teresa explains). We're excited to see what these local golden girls tackle next.