It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I report the wonderful Bea Arthur has passed away. Details are still hazy, but it appears she succumbed to the cancer she has been battling for some time now.
A real American treasure, I of course fell in love with Bea while watching every episode of The Golden Girls (several times each). But that wasn’t all! She also was the force behind the trailblazing comedy Maude (she won an Emmy for both TV shows), co-starred opposite Angela Lansbury in the original Mame on Broadway, originated the role of Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, and more recently had her own show on the Great White Way.
I was very blessed to have the chance to see Bea’s one-woman show when she did an out-of-town tryout here in DC at the Warner Theater. It was truly touching and hilarious, and it’s a memory that I’ll always treasure.
In her honor, I offer a YouTube clip of some of her best moments on The Golden Girls.
To truly see her at her best, I refer you to the episode entitled “The Case of the Libertine Belle.” Genius!
Thank you for being a friend, Bea.