April 26, 2009

RIP Bea- A true Golden Girl!

Beatrice Arthur, the larger-than-life actress who scored on Broadway as the original matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof and the hard-drinking actress in Mame before she went on to star in the groundbreaking '70s TV series Maude and, in the '80s, the beloved sitcom The Golden Girls, died early Saturday morning. She was 86. 

Dan Watt, a spokesman for Arthur's family, told the Associated Press that the star had been suffering with cancer, though he did not specify what kind. She died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family by her side, said Watt, who remembered Arthur as "a brilliant and witty woman." 


Isabelle said...

What sad news.
I just loved watching the Golden girls... So funny!

It used to be on French TV in original version with French subtitles, very early in the morning though, so I remember having to record it in order to watch it!

Barbara said...

Hi Leesa,
An incredible loss.
I really enjoyed the Golden girls, where I can remember "Dorothy" with her feisty "Ma".
Bea will be greatly missed.

Starman said...

I watched her in many shows, including the Golden Girls. I had no idea she was so old.