The world loses a Golden Girl

Bea ArthurSaturday 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.

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  1. Jo-Anne • April 27, 2009 @ 11:17 AM

    sorry to hear…loss of a very distinguished and memorable actress…

  2. tributegirl • April 27, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

    Aww, I didn’t even know she was sick. Always liked her.

  3. Carol • April 27, 2009 @ 7:57 PM

    85? That’s a good life. She was funny. We are at a point that we are starting to lose some of the funniest and best comedians of all time. Tim Conway/Harvey Cornell…one of them passed away not so long ago. Again, another funny, witty character that makes you relive childhood memores.

    R.I.P. Bea Arthur

  4. Ivan • April 27, 2009 @ 9:57 PM

    Have a good trip Bea. We will miss you.

  5. sparklingwall • April 27, 2009 @ 11:26 PM

    Second Golden Girl to pass away? Sad news.

  6. tributegirl • April 28, 2009 @ 5:42 PM

    You’re right, Carol, and 85 is a good long life, I agree that the best of the best (comediens)are now reaching that golden age where they will be leaving us.

  7. mandee • April 29, 2009 @ 2:10 PM

    i just saw this article now 🙁 this is very sad news. when i was younger, i watched the golden girls all the time. RIP bea.

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