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Published:April 26th, 2009 12:45 EST
We Will Miss Golden Girl Bea Arthur

We Will Miss Golden Girl Bea Arthur

By Robert Paul Reyes

"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.