A Place At The Table

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Bea continues to make an impact on lives and future lives to come in 2016. On October 21, The Ali Forney Center’s A Place at the Table gala honored the memory of Bea Arthur, whom during her life advocated LGBT rights, as well as, their own center. Bea, who died in 2009, included a $300,000 donation to the center in her will. Construction of the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed shelter for homeless LGBT youths run by AFC, is soon to be completed.

You can view some of the photos from this event over at Getty Images.

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In other recent events, we learned of Terry “Maude” McCann passed away this year at the crowning age of 100. You may know of Terry from her appearances on The Carol Burnett Show as a ridiculously perfect Maude look-a-like, act-a-like, everything-a-like. Truly a memorable moment. Take a look at this clip as a pleasant reminder. 

While you are over on YouTube, be sure to check out the mega Bea playlist we have over there. As of this post, 190 videos have been added!

November 16, 2016 update : 16 minutes into this video, footage can be found of Ali Forney Center honoring Bea Arthur and the opening of her named residence.

December 3, 2016 update

Legos no, Funko figures YES

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Our hearts were broken when we learned the proposed Golden Girls Lego set did not become a reality. However, just as fun, Funko Pop! is releasing all four of the girls as figures later this summer! It is really happening. How can you not Bea excited! We will keep an eye on this in July when ordering will hopefully be available. You know, one set will not be enough!

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PS – Don’t forget, Bea’s birthday is tomorrow (May 13), let’s remember her by playing her Between Friends album on repeat!

It’s that Bea time of the year

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Every time of year, specifically April 25 thru May 13, I along with many fans think of Bea. We lost Bea on April 25, 2009 and celebrate her birthday of May 13, 1922. Therefore, it’s a great time of year to reflect and remember the talent she shared with us over the years.

Going over some of my own archives, I found a screenshot of her initial tour site for And Then There’s Bea. I remember at the time the site was up, a sense of excitement, wonder and magic to it. It was also a website completely developed in Flash, so it’s longevity was dated, yet entertaining for its time. So, to those that remember, here is a flashback to enjoy as we remember Bea in 2016.

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Bea continuing on in unique ways

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Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 2.12.17 PMFrom hollywoodreporter.com

The son of the late ‘Golden Girls’ star reveals how star Ryan Reynolds personally asked permission to wear her image on a tank top in the blockbuster film.

Fox’s $600 million box-office juggernaut Deadpool is introducing a new generation to the unlikeliest of heroines: Bea Arthur. The face of the Golden Girls star, who died in 2009 at age 86, appears on a tank top worn by the Marvel antihero, played by Ryan Reynolds.

Continue reading here!

Thanks to fellow Bea fan Alex sharing this article!

Celebrate 30 Years of The Golden Girls with your memories

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Friends over at Golden Girls News are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Golden Girls. As the image reads above, use the Twitter hashtag #GoldenGirls30 to participate in some of your favorite moments that you have played over and over in your mind from the past 30 years.

Also, wanted to share this image of Bea’s family in the 70s. I’ve never seen this before and thought it was quite special.

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This image and others are available at closerweekly.com recently posted “Never Before Seen Photos and Untold Secrets From the Set of ‘The Golden Girls‘”. Take a quick peek!

Kev!

Bea Arthur Residence for LGBT Homeless Youth Breaks Ground

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From BroadwayWorld.com: On Monday, July 20, 2015, there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the Bea Arthur Residence, an 18-bed residence for homeless LGBT youth operated by the Ali Forney Center. In 2012 the New York City Council and the Manhattan Borough President awarded $3,300,000 for the renovation of a long vacant building owned by the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation Development. The building has now been turned over to the Ali Forney Center in partnership with Cooper Square Committee, and renovations are beginning this month. It is anticipated that the building will begin to provide housing by the end of 2016.

Read more at both:

Bea Arthur Residence for LGBT Homeless Youth Breaks Ground in Manhattan

Bea Arthur homeless shelter breaks ground

Most importantly, learn more about and donate to the Ali Forney Center to further their life changing vision!

Update: A few more articles and photos of this event available below |

www.huffingtonpost.com

www.mtv.com

www.thelodownny.com

Happy Birthday to Bea Arthur

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Bea Arthur would have turned 93 today. A great day to remember the legacy. A great way to do so is by pulling out those Golden Girls and Maude DVDs, reading through fan stories, watching the ever growing YouTube playlist or taking a look at this article that was posted about Bea’s school days at Susquehanna Valley. So many great ways to remember Bea today and everyday!

Maude: Season 2 — August 11

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Maude_S2Shout! Factory, who recently released Maude: The Complete Series, will be releasing Maude: Season Two on DVD August 11! If the complete series is a little too big of chunk to take at once, we will soon have the option to grab the long awaited season two in a few months.

This is also a good move on Shout! Factory’s part, as Maude: Season Two has been specifically requested ever since season one was released back in 2007.

Read more over at tvshowsondvd.com.

Although I rarely play media on discs any longer, as most media is now available up in a cloud of your choice, Maude is one of the tangible must haves of this century :)

Kev!