Frequent Questions and Answers about Bea Arthur
Updated January 30, 2015
Bea Arthur felt it was time to move on in her life, just like she did when she quit Maude. It was her personal decision and it had nothing to do with anything else. Both Golden Girls and Maude still had strong ratings when she opted to leave. She wanted to get back to her first passion, theatre. She did just that!
Sony has not made any announcement as of yet to its release, be sure that it will be posted on this site immediately once announced!
YES! Finally! Premiered January 20th, 2003 on Lifetime. Click here for more info.
Yes and Yes! Download on iTunes continues not to be available as of February 3, 2013.
In Bea’s interview with the Archive of American Television, she denies ever being in the Marines. However, during the WWII period, there had been talking of enrollment for a short period, which has been brought up numerous times.
You bet, and that is why I felt stupid after sending her a Christmas card. The following year I made sure to wish her Happy Holidays instead 🙂
Bea had been divorced but had been married twice, the latter for 25 years to Gene Saks. Now I know that just because she married a guy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that she isn’t a lesbian. She did fully support the gay community!
Absolutely! She thought at the time that it was one of the most unique and funniest shows on television.
Her birthdate was May 13th, 1922. She passed away on April 25, 2009, at the age of 86. Click here to read more about her passing.
Bea played the character of Dorothy on the Golden Girls. The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that the character Dorothy had was based on the creator of the Golden Girls, Susan Harris.
How about reading Betty White on Bea’s passing instead of focusing on the negatives? “I knew it would hurt, I just didn’t know it would hurt this much.. I’m so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life.” As her loyal huge fan, Bea was such a big part of my life!
I really don’t know anything about this subject… and if one day I have more information on Bea’s clothes, I will post it here. Very popular question.
None! Bea hated cheesecake! Sorry to break all of your dreams!
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I have seen ‘And Then There’s Bea’ 3 times in Chicago in 2001 and again in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in April of 2005. I have also seen her performance in ‘Strike up the Band‘ the year before in Chicago.
The first time was the night before her opening performance here in Chicago at Sidetracks bar. Then again outside her dressing trailer at the venue, she was performing. And again at Voltaire’s cabaret, also in Chicago. Finally, in Mount Pleasant, backstage, after the show.
Since the first run of Golden Girls in 1985. My appreciation has grown tremendously ever since.
TV: Maude | Movie: Lovers and Other Strangers; Mame | Theatre: And then there’s Bea/Bea Arthur on Broadway (I’m too young to have seen her in her original glory!)
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At artattackfoundation.org, fans of Bea can find genuine and authentic items autographed and donated previously by Bea and her friends for this worthy charity. A great cause, raising money for student scholarships in the performing arts.