Golden Girl Will Be Missed

Bea Arthur has died at the age of 86 from complications of cancer. Arthur, a Hollywood legend, was known to millions from her genre-busting role on Maude and -- most famously -- The Golden Girls.

Bea Arthur in a still from Golden GirlsArthur should be best known for raising woman's profile in the entertainment-world consciousness as few had before her. She was the first character on television to have an abortion. It happened on Maude and struck a chord with millions. To this day, the episode remains an envelope-pusher.

It was the ‘70s, sure, but popular culture had failed to completely reflect the societal changes occurring on the ground. It was too risque to talk about the feminist movement. Although shows such as One Day at a Time illustrated that point, few talked about it the way Bea Arthur did as Maude.

To generations, she was the anchor of the hit Golden Girls. As the woman who moves with her mother and girlfriends into a Florida home, Arthur was the straight-laced foil for the impeccable comic timing of her co-stars. The actress often provided the heart of the show, and always, the mind. 

Throughout her career, Arthur continued to show why she was an entertainment one-in-a-million.

She got her start on the stage and quickly became known as an actress capable of great arcs of emotion. Her voice was unique among actresses.Golden Girls co-star Rue McClanahan issued a statement following Arthur's passing:"Thirty-seven years ago, she showed me how to be very brave in playing comedy," McClanahan says. "I'll miss that courage, and I'll miss that voice."An Emmy and Tony award winner, Arthur is also a member of the Television Hall of Fame.

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Comments on "Bea Arthur dead at 86"

Derek Terrell October 31, 2009 | 9:25 AM

I ALWAYS WATCH THE GOLDEN GIRLS WHEN I GET HOME FROM SCHOOL BOTH ME AND MY DOG LUCKY LOVE THAT SHOW TO DEATH I REALLY MISS BEA ARTHURSHE WAS THESECOND BEST ONE ONTHE SHOW RIGHT NEXT TO SOPHIA ON THE SHOW

Shelia June 27, 2009 | 10:21 PM

I still watch Golden Girls; I first started watching Bea in Maude. She will be missed and I'll continue to watch her reruns.

Chan April 28, 2009 | 3:19 PM

Watching Golden Girls has always been one of my favorite past times. The character of Dorothy is and will always be a charactor to reckon with. I own almost the entire collection of Golden Girls on dvd... I still laugh and cry at some of my most favorite episodes. TV just isnt the same without these types of shows.

ana April 27, 2009 | 9:25 PM

I grew up on the Jeffersons and these ladies will always be what true comedians should be. Even when it was raunchy, it was hilarious and I will miss them terribly. I still watch the reruns and just a few minutesw ago saw the Sonny & Cher episode mentioned above. I will always treasure their sense of comedy and their getting together eating cheesecake. miss you already BEA-----always ana

Sherry April 27, 2009 | 5:27 PM

Bea Arthur will be missed but her talent, artful presence and impeccable comedic talent lives on. I built stair 346 on stairwaytothemoon as a tribute to her. I will remember one performance on the Golden Girls for sure. She impersonated Cher and as one Golden Girl to another, I had to run to the ladies room I was laughing so hard.

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