RIP Bea Arthur

Thank you for being a friend.


Tallguy's picture

I just read that last night. She was one of my favourites.... in all her series. She never did reveal her age before, so I didn't quite expect this. So sorry to hear this -- she gave us a lot.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

OOO NOOO! I hadn't heard. Such a fine actress and, from what I've been told, just as fine in her real life beyond acting. How sad for all of us. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chipsir's picture

This is such bad news on top of Jason's news as well, just to much to bear at the moment.

Thor's picture

In my "previous life" I was a cop and did a side gig as Bea Arthur's bodyguard for a show she did at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. That was one tough broad! She was amazing. 150% - all the time. She didn't really need a bodyguard but, at that time in our history, the theater thought it was best based on Bea's outspoken stance on Pro-Choice issues. Vera Charles RULES! Long Live Maude! We'll miss you, Dorothy!

brucedow's picture

I saw her one woman show on Broadway. Was blown away by her "musicality"... her ability to interpret a song. Gravel-voice, sure, but amazing! She will be sorely missed.

rjcb3's picture


...exactly...what CAN you get a nudist for her birthday?

So sad she's gone, but, she certainly left us laughing...and she hid her ailment away -- just to give us what we's what she loved doing.

I'd laugh right though any tears just for her!


Nashrunner's picture

I remember Bea in one of the early fillm versions of Mame. The Vera Charles character told her she should keep her hair "natural like mine" Her response was "if I kept my hair natural like yours I wouldn't have any". Her sense of timing and what was funny was inimitable.

pjmma's picture

Feels like a piece of an era is gone with her passing. Loved her in Golden Girls, but really first fell in love with her in Maude. What a great show that was.

What a great actress, what a great woman.

MMario's picture

Didn't 'Maude' come out of a guest appearance on 'The Bunker's'?

Which just goes to show....

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

QueerJoe's picture was one of the many spin-offs from All In The Family...Maude, The Jeffersons...and then Maude had a spin-off of its own...Good Times