Bea Arthur Dies at 86

by Ryan on April 25, 2009

in Anything Else,Comedy,Culture,Nostalgia,Politics,Pop Culture

Bea Arthur of “All in the Family,” “Maude,” and of course “The Golden Girls” fame has died of cancer today at the age of 86.  She was a great actress, perfect for whatever character she played.  I knew her for her role as Dorothy on “The Golden Girls” before I even heard of “Maude” and always thought she fit both roles very well.

As Maude she was an ultra-liberal feminist-type who was hard to stomach sometimes, yet she was perfect for that role nonetheless. 

As Dorothy in “The Golden Girls” she limited the politics and was perfectly cast along with Estelle Getty (Sophia), Betty White (the dimwitted Rose), and Rue McClanahan (Blanche, everyone’s favorite tart — a “cougar” before it was fashionable).  It was a great TV show with lots of fun, whose chemistry would not have been complete without Bea Arthur.  Here’s a best of Dorothy clip:

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Moogie P April 25, 2009 at 9:13 pm

I was privileged to see Bea Arthur, first-run, in all of her tv shows (including “Malcolm in the Middle”) and she was always spot-on for her character. “Maude” was as ground-breaking — if not moreso — than “All in the Family”, and it spun off “Good Times.” I regret that I never got to see her on stage.

Dorothy was my favorite Bea Arthur character, and I doubt whether anyone could have played her as well as Bea. Now she’s at peace with Estelle Getty’s “Ma.”

The world is a little less sophisticated today following the passing of Bea Arthur.


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