Friday, May 01, 2009

Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like Bea?

Bea Arthur, 1922 - 2009

Ok, let's see if I remember how to do this after a month.

Bea Arthur was one magnificent broad. Most of us know her from her stint on The Golden Girls in the 80s, as the wise-cracking Dorothy Zbornak. Many fewer of my particular generation know her as the outspoken Maude. MAYBE the freakin' network will release the whole series on DVD as a tribute?

If you've never heard Bea Arthur on the original Broadway soundtrack of Mame with Angela Lansbury, you're missing out.

As Sars says over at Tomato Nation, "at some point her name became synonymous with 'undesirable butch older woman.'" I DO remember that on a roast of Jerry Stiller, someone said of Sandra Bernhart "I wouldn't f*ck her with Bea Arthur's dick."

Anyway, I adored her. I wish she'd done more. I hope to watch Maude in it's entirety. And I wish I were well enough to do a post that did her justice. I'm getting there. May her memory be for a blessing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so with you. I adored Bea Arthur and those who insisted on calling her mannish, I think, were wusses who either were scared of, or envied, a strong woman. I will remember her fondly.