April 26th, 2009 12:45 EST
We Will Miss Golden Girl Bea Arthur
"Bea Arthur, who went from supporting roles on Broadway to stardom in two groundbreaking TV sitcoms died Saturday in Los Angeles, a family spokesman said.
Arthur was 86, spokesman, Dan Watt, told The New York Times. He said she had cancer."
"Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009) was an American comic, actress, and singer. In a career spanning seven decades, Arthur achieved success as the title character, Maude Findlay, on the 1970s sitcom, Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls; she won Emmys for both roles."
In the 70s and 80`s I was watching sit-coms like `Three`s Company` that featured babilicious hotties like Suzanne Somers, and dramas like "Charlie`s Angels" that featured babilicious hotties like Farrah Fawcett.
Sitcoms like Maude and The Golden Girls that featured plain-looking old women weren`t on my radar screen. But as I grew older and slightly less horny, I watched more than a few re-runs of "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" and I was struck by Bea Arthur`s comedic timing and acting chops. I`m proud to say that I have watched almost as many episodes of Maude, than I have of Paris Hilton`s "The Simple Life."
Hollywood quickly discards actresses when they reach a certain age, but Bea Arthur was too much of a comedic genius for the good old boys to ignore. The Golden Girl continued to act on TV and on the stage well into her 80`s.
The Golden Girl has ridden off into the golden sunset, but she has left behind a treasure trove of episodes of "Maude" and "The Golden Girls." We will be enjoying her re-runs on TV for generations to come.