Saturday April 25th marked the death of award-winning actress and comedienne, Bea Arthur. The actress passed away at 86 in her home in Los Angeles, reportedly from cancer. Born Bernice Frankel in New York, she is best known for her roles in the television series Golden Girls and Maude, and received Emmy Awards for both. She also had a long-standing stage career in which she performed in the original Broadway version of Fiddler on the Roof, and won a Tony Award for her supporting role in Mame. Her fellow Golden Girls stars, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, shared their memories of Ms. Arthur with Entertainment Tonight: “[Thirty-seven] years ago she showed me how to be very brave in playing comedy,” McClanahan said. “I’ll miss that courage. And I’ll miss that voice.” White added, “I knew it would hurt, I just didn’t know it would hurt this much. I’m so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life.” ~Meryl H.