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!
Enjoyable read as Marc Cherry shares his memories of writing for Golden Girls in this insightful Vulture article. http://www.vulture.com
Before he started dreaming up soapy story lines for Desperate Housewives (and the upcoming Devious Maids), Marc Cherry cut his teeth as a Hollywood writer on the final three seasons of The Golden Girls, which today faced off against Friends in the latest installment of Vulture’s Sitcom Smackdown bracket. Working with partner Jamie Wooten, Cherry got to write jokes for some of the funniest comedic actresses in TV history, while also working with the future creators of Arrested Development (Mitch Hurwitz) and Modern Family (Christopher Lloyd). Was the experience all chuckles and cheesecake? Or did Estelle Getty throw daily temper tantrums, providing Cherry valuable lessons in talent management he’d use once he arrived on Wisteria Lane? Okay, we’re not going to try to trick you: Working on Girls was just as awesome as you’d expect. Cherry took time out to share highlights of his experience, including how Rue McClanahan helped him shape one of the Housewives, why Bea Arthur wasn’t as tough as she seemed, and whether Betty White has any flaws at all (spoiler alert: She doesn’t).
Been a while since you’ve called in sick and vegged out in front of the tv all day? Well either way, mark the 12th as a personal day. The folks at Antenna TV are celebrating the day Maude first aired 40 years ago! Tune in if you can! Twitter #MaudeMarathon
It’s nice to have a new article show up of something that Bea has currently done, two years after her passing. With help from her son, Matthew Saks, Bea has donated $25,000 gift to an AIDS organization in California. To read more, click here.
Update :: Click here to read about even more gifts from Bea that you may not have known about!
In remembering the good that Bea did throughout her life, The Art Attack Foundation has an auction with items from Bea and many others. Dan Watt, Bea’s personal assistant, has also donated some Holiday Cards that were sent to him from Bea, Betty, and Rue along with other items.
This isn’t much of a surprise to people that have followed Bea’s life closely, but understandably so, most people haven’t beyond The Golden Girls. So, when this news broke today, it was quite the talk of the town (interwebs). What is fascinating about this article is the new images of Bea and documents from the era. A definite must see and keeper!
I don’t know about you, but in addition to collecting Bea Arthur anythings, I also collect comic books. Who would have guessed that one day both would come together!
“PETA has joined forces with Bluewater Productions to give fans an eerie surprise on the back cover of Betty White’s comic book debut, ‘Female Force: Betty White.’ White’s late ‘Golden Girls’ co-star Bea Arthur glares disapprovingly from a controversial PSA warning readers about the slaughter practices of McDonald’s.” (source PopEater)
At artattackfoundation.org, fans of Ms. Arthur's can find genuine and authentic items autographed and donated by Bea and her friends that are being sold on ebay for this worthy charity. It is a good cause, raising money for student scholarships in the performing arts.