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Grand Dame of Comedy Passes Away

Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:28 pm

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090425/ENT/304250022

LOS ANGELES Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" and who won a Tony Award for the musical "Mame," died Saturday. She was 86.

Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, Watt said, declining to give further details.

"She was a brilliant and witty woman," said Watt, who was Arthur's personal assistant for six years. "Bea will always have a special place in my heart."

Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series "All in the Family" as Edith Bunker's loudly outspoken, liberal cousin, Maude Finley. She proved a perfect foil for blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor), and their blistering exchanges were so entertaining that producer Norman Lear fashioned Arthur's own series.

In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Arthur said she was lucky to be discovered by TV after a long stage career, recalling with bemusement CBS executives asking about the new "girl."

"I was already 50 years old. I had done so much off-Broadway, on Broadway, but they said, 'Who is that girl? Let's give her her own series,'" Arthur said.

"Maude" scored with television viewers immediately on its CBS debut in September 1972, and Arthur won an Emmy Award for the role in 1977.

The comedy flowed from Maude's efforts to cast off the traditional restraints that women faced, but the series often had a serious base. Her husband Walter (Bill Macy) became an alcoholic, and she underwent an abortion, which drew a torrent of viewer protests. Maude became a standard bearer for the growing feminist movement in America.

The ratings of "Maude" in the early years approached those of its parent, "All in the Family," but by 1977 the audience started to dwindle. A major format change was planned, but in early 1978 Arthur announced she was quitting the show.

"It's been absolutely glorious; I've loved every minute of it," she said. "But it's been six years, and I think it's time to leave."

"Golden Girls" (1985-1992) was another groundbreaking comedy, finding surprising success in a television market increasingly skewed toward a younger, product-buying audience.

The series concerned three retirees -- Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan -- and the mother of Arthur's character, Estelle Getty, who lived together in a Miami apartment. In contrast to the violent "Miami Vice," the comedy was nicknamed "Miami Nice."

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Post  Shopaholic on Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:22 pm

I used to love watching the show when I was younger and have recently taken to watching reruns often in the mornings. Very sad to hear this.
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Post  Pez on Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:02 am

Who was that guy On the other board that was a Massive bea arthur fan.

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Post  iberlingirl on Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:27 am

I always think of "Maude" when I think of her... funny lady, she will be missed.
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Post  Cincy Fan 44 on Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:29 am

Pez wrote:Who was that guy On the other board that was a Massive bea arthur fan.
I 'think' it was Real Quiet???

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Post  Markwes on Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:25 pm

Cincy Fan 44 wrote:
Pez wrote:Who was that guy On the other board that was a Massive bea arthur fan.
I 'think' it was Real Quiet???
Yes, also known as 'proveout'.
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Re: Grand Dame of Comedy Passes Away

Post  Pez on Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:32 am

Wild... I had no idea he had two accts...

Well look at that... we probably would have Only barely mentioned bea arthur if it wasnt for his personalities.

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