Monday, April 27, 2009

Thank You for Being a Friend

May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009

Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel in Brooklyn New York 86 years ago. On Saturday, April 25th she passed away from cancer in Los Angeles. We'll forever remember her for her roles in The Golden Girls, Maude and a brief stint as Edith Bunker's feminist cousin on All in the Family. She made waves in the 1970s when the titular character Maude had an abortion months before Roe v. Wade was decided. The two-part episode was so controversial many affiliate stations refused to air the shows. Like Maude, Bea was a champion of gender equity and racial equality. She also became a member of PETA after a 1987 anti-fur episode of The Golden Girls.

Besides television, Bea was a force on the Great White Way. She starred in the Threepenny Opera and played Yente the Matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof, among other roles.
Indeed, Bea was one tough broad. She was one of the first female recruits in the U.S. Marines.

Photo via Corps Stories
Source: Wikipedia

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