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'Golden Girl' Bea Arthur, Has Died

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Posted: 4/25/09 at 4:30pm
Bea Arthur, the wonderful actress from Broadway and TV has died aged 86.
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Her last 'golden' appearance in London at the Savoy Theatre.

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Updated On: 4/25/09 at 04:30 PM
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 4:37pm
Was just about to post this terrible news. The entertainment industry has truly lost one of its golden girls (excuse the pun) of stage and screen today.

There have been reports going around for a few days that her cancer has been deteriorating, and sadly the announcement regarding her passing away was only made about a few hours ago. A beautiful woman who starred in the original casts of two classic Broadway shows, Fiddler on the Roof with Zero Mostel and Mame with La Lansbury. She will definitely be missed.

R.I.P. Bea Arthur.

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PS: Surprised to not see a report on Playbill or the BWW front page.

Updated On: 4/25/09 at 04:37 PM
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 4:40pm
I just got an email from The New York Times.
My partner and I have just been on holiday and we took with us the first 3 series of 'The Golden Girls' and only just late last night we were rolling in pain on the sofa laughing at her incredible comic timing with those wonderful scripts!

'ROSE SHUT UP!!!!'
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 4:49pm
Oh, how I love a Golden Girls marathon :)

My favourite quotes of hers from GG (for those of us born post 1990, GG normally refers to Gossip Girl, but in this case I refer to Golden Girls) are "you'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying," and also the "it's a musical, Rose" line.

Also have a good chuckle at the "Good night, Rose. Go to sleep, honey. Pray for brains."

Her impeccable comedic timing will definitely be missed.


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Posted: 4/25/09 at 4:55pm
Together again in the big Shady Pines in the sky.
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 5:14pm
Classic Bea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuFpKpHlL9U

Yes her voice is no match to La Streisand but she has such sass it doesn't matter. Love the strut upstage, turn and then the deadpan of the final line.
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 5:39pm
Very sad news indeed.
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 5:42pm
awwwww so sad, i loved her, RIP, such a wonderful actress xxxxxxxxxx
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 7:51pm
My very first Broadway show -- Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, and Jane Connell in Mame -- what a trio!!!
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Posted: 4/25/09 at 9:25pm
You have a most beautiful memory of a wonderful actress in a wonderful era in musical theatre.

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Posted: 4/26/09 at 6:27am
The sad loss of a very classy, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners lady. I had a front row seat for her exquisite show at The Savoy - as she said as exiting the stage, 'I'm not singing "I'm Still Here"!'
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Posted: 4/26/09 at 6:30am
This CD is going to get very expensive and very rare, very fast.
Get one if you can.

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Such a shame this wasn't put on DVD in the same way that Elaine Stritch had her one woman show preserved.
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Posted: 4/26/09 at 10:23am
Bea Arthur in the original Broadway production in 1954 of 'The Threepenny Opera' as Lucy Brown.
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Posted: 4/26/09 at 10:26am
Bea Arthur with Jane Cornell and Angela Lansbury in the original 1966 Broadway production of 'Mame'.
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Posted: 4/26/09 at 10:29am
Great pics, Mama!
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Posted: 4/26/09 at 10:32am
Bea Arthur in the original 1964 Broadway production of 'Fiddler On the Roof'
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Contrary to popular belief Bea only did a handful of shows on Broadway.
'Fiddler On The Roof', 'Mame', 'The Treepenny Opera' and two revuews called 'The Showstring Revues' in 1955 and 1957.
When she presented her one woman show on Braodway in 2002 that was her first time there since 1981 when she had a short run in a flop play called 'The Floating Light Bulb'.
There were a few other stage appearances in regional theatre but she was taken up by the world of TV and film very early in her career.

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1972



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Posted: 4/26/09 at 2:42pm
A true star has passed.
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Posted: 4/29/09 at 8:12am
Such a shame. Another Golden Age performer gone.