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Beatrice Arthur (1922-2009)

I remember being on the subway one day eavesdropping on a conversation. A man in his early 20s was telling a woman he was with that when he was younger, no show could annoy his father more than the pioneering '70s show Maude, starring Bea Arthur, who passed away April 25 at the age of 87.

Bea Arthur's character, Maude, was the polar opposite of her television cousin, subservient Edith Bunker of All in the Family. No wonder your average man would feel threatened by Maude — she identified as a feminist (a first for television?), she had a commanding, sarcastic manner, and she didn't suffer fools gladly. Maude, the show, tackled issues like abortion, the Vietnam War, and divorce.

Arthur went on to reprise her popularity as an icon (this time, as a hip older woman) in the more lighthearted (but no less feminist) series The Golden Girls, beloved by women and gay men alike. In the following video, she shows she continued to be a badass by starring in a geriatric version of Sex and the City, which, if you think of it, was simply the younger-woman version of The Golden Girls! Talented, tough, funny — and not above making fun of herself. You will be missed, Bea!

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Triste3030 Triste3030 7 years
R.I.P. Bea!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I saw that she passed away on TV last night. She was such a funny woman and I loved the Golden Girls.
gigi_s gigi_s 7 years
Great video!
efsarbaby efsarbaby 7 years
RIP Bea. We love you.
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I was so bummed when I heard the news. I really loved Bea Arthur for being smart, funny, and opinionated. It's a loss.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 7 years
I LOVE THE GOLDEN GIRLS..I'VE SEEN EVERY EPISODE SEVERAL SEVERAL TIMES OVER AND I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THAT SHOW!! IT'S SO FUNNY! BEA WILL TURELY BE MISSED, AS WELL AS HER CO-STAR ESTELLA, THEY WERE MY TWO FAV GIRLS ON THE SHOW. TODAY I WATCHED THE CLIP 'I GOT YOU BABE' FROM THE GOLDEN GIRLS ON YOUTUBE AND I WAS LAUGHING AND CRYING AT THE SAME TIME. I'M ONLY 21, SO I'VE BEEN WATCHING RERUNS OF THE SHOW, BUT AM IN LOVE WITH IT! I ALSO ENJOY MAUDE, A SHOW BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO WHERE NO OTHER SHOW HAD GONE AT THE TIME, AND NO ONE BETTER TO PLAY THE PART THAN BEA! SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON WHO LIVED A LIFE MOST OF US JUST DREAM ABOUT. SHE WILL TURELY BE MISSED! I WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SHOW AND THINK ABOUT BEA AND ESTELLA EVERY TIME I WATCH AND HOW GREAT THEY ARE. TO THE TWO REMAINING GOLDEN GIRLS, THEY ARE AWSOME AS WELL! RIP ESTELLA AND BEA..MUCH LOVE YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!
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