I ran across some videos from 2005 and 2007 recently of when I took a hand full of clips on my still camera back at that time (spoiled on the quality of phone cameras of today). I combined the small, raw clips, into one video and threw it up on YouTube. Good memories, hopefully they bring some back to you, too.
The Bea Arthur clips are from her April 19, 2005 Mount Pleasant, MI show. After the show, my friend and I met with Bea for a short time where I caught a clip of Bea giving her flowers to my friend. The clips of Rue McClanahan were from her May 17, 2007 book signing at Borders on Michigan Avenue at the time, in Chicago.
UPDATE: I also uploaded a higher quality version of my footage from Bea’s appearance at Sidetrack bar here in Chicago back in 2001.
Wishing all the Bea fans a happy Bea-Day today! Bea would have been 92 today and many of her fans are remembering and reflecting on her performances. Other fans are pulling out their photos and stories of when they were
fortunate enough in meeting her, primarily during her one woman show. Either way, a great time of the year!
Still haven’t shared your story? Like and post to the Facebook page that coincides with this fan site here!
Bea thrilled to see so many fans after her Chicago show
iTunes, Apple’s digital media ecosystem, thriving for years now, is finally delivering all 7 seasons of The Golden Girls digitally. Each episode cost $1.99, as it is only available in standard definition resolution. Season 2-7 can be purchased for $19.99 each, while with season one, each individual episode has to be purchased. I, personally, was hoping for the episodes to be remastered in high definition in which I would have gladly re-bought all of the seasons. I remember seeing at one time a network was airing it in true high definition, so they must exist! Either way, it is nice to finally see The Golden Girls in the iTunes network. Still waiting on those further seasons of Maude. Hint hint distribution companies.
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Based from the off and on defunct Flappy Bird iOS game, Michael Denison from #BeaADay and Brian Kokernak from Headrush team up to unveil today, Busy Bea. It is just as painfully addicting as Flappy Bird has been. You will be throwing your phone in no time, but this time it will be with the playful FakeBit rendering of Bea and the Golden Girls (simplified MIDI background Golden Girls theme music).
I find it to be a fun medium to keep Bea’s memory alive and kicking, check it out. Free on iOS, Android coming soon.
Before there was the YouTube era, video clips were provided on this website in Quicktime format. At the time, I would convert my favorite clips from the videos I was buying on VHS from eBay. Most videos were not larger then 320×240 and quality varied.
Then YouTube came along and, slowly but surely, people started to upload their own video collections. After a period of time, the videos on YouTube were the same as the ones that I had uploaded on the website. Their quality and range of compatible playing devices over performed from the ones on the website. I decided to take down the videos due to this, as well as, save on hosting space and bandwidth.
Then YouTube started to get smarter and began to kill off some of those hard to find videos due to copyrights. After another while, the availability of Bea’s performances started to remain and grow in numbers as acceptable content. Therefore, I decided to make my own playlist available to the public and now feature it as the video section to this website.
Going forward, I’d love to hear from fans that have their own special treasures favorited on YouTube to add to this playlist. Feel free to message me on Youtube or leave a comment below if you do.
It has been a while! I realized recently that it has been a solid decade since Bea’s one women show was at the height of its existence. Generally I think of it between 2000 and 2004. She continued on longer then 2004, however it was less frequent and staggered in performances. I also believe this site and the fans were at it’s prime. So, I thought it would be a good time to do some flashbacks from this era.
I’ll start by revisiting what was going on 10 years ago today ( for February / March 2014 ). Bea brought her show back to her home state, California. She spent quite some time in Los Angeles specifically where there was a concentration of fans attending and writing on a particular showing. These stories were collected on a special page dedicated to this time. View it here, to relive the moment.
At the same time, the long and awaited spoof on the Sex and the City was revealed to great fan fair and the video went viral before videos went viral. This special aired on TVLand and starred Bea Arthur, Sally Struthers, Katherine Helmond and Charlotte Rae.
To this day, people are still talking about the skit and specifically Bea’s memorable roll.
In reviewing this timeframe, I found it interesting to be reminded of what our wish list was at the time. We still hoped for The Golden Girls and Maude to be released on DVD. At least that wish was granted more so for The Golden Girls then Maude. However, we were also asking for Bea Arthur on Broadway / Bea Arthur Just Between Friends on DVD and unfortunately today, we still are (and/or digital download). The soundtrack is fantastic, but many of us want to relive her performance as it was to her own vision. To be seen. So, let us not give up on that. There is also a video that some fans ask me about often that is yet to be released titled Lunching with a Legend. Hopefully that is released someday soon, as well.
If you want to flashback some more, visit these other links
Posts for 2004 here.
Bea Arthur on Broadway complete schedule archive here.
Stories from fans who saw the show over the years here.
Sex and the City parody on YouTube here.
Let me know your thoughts on these events. I remember these particular two like it was yesterday. Feel free to revisit 2004 as a whole and leave your comments on what you remember. It would be great to hear again from some of the fans again!
A fun read in the Huffington Post today featuring Michael Denison who has been creating daily art work inspired by John Currin’s recent headlining portrait of Bea that was auctioned a few months ago. I have always enjoyed and encouraged fan art of Bea over the years. Bea A Day (www.beaaday.com) is Tumblr blog that hosts these drawings and will be an added favorite to my feed.
Take a peak at the Huffington Post article, as well, as they pick their favorite 10 drawings. > 10 Bizarre And Totally Awesome Bea Arthur Artworks That Are Better Than John Currin’s
Happy Mother’s day to all! Tomorrow, the 13th, was Bea’s birthday, so wanted to remember that again in 2013. Rewatching the Golden Girls, Maude and the many other performances, it’s easy to forget she is gone. Bea’s gift of recorded performances gives us an eternity of entertainment which past, present and future fans will always appreciate. So, happy birthday and Mother’s Day Bea and to her family too!