I uploaded this almost and still kinda for sure sarcastic post on Instagram shortly after hearing of Betty’s passing. I heard it on a live YouTube discussion that I happened to be listening to. As usual, I thought it was false. False because especially after the beginning of the pandemic, everything ended… at least Betty White is still alive. Now we can’t say that. Betty is gone now and so are the Golden Girls. Who would have thought the last Golden Girls would make it this long back in the 80s and 90s? We were very lucky, let’s not forget that!
We’ll miss you greatly Betty. Thanks again for everything. (I’m not going to say what you thought I would say)
Throughout the early 2000s, scouring the internet for anything and everything Golden Girls and Bea Arthur was rough. Although we were fortunate to get some DVD season sets, there wasn’t much else to choose from. eBay was really the only outlet and that is where my collection grew. Photos, magazines, TV Guides, random clippings, and printed out photos from someone’s home printer shoved into a plastic clock. Needless to say, it was a wonky time for collectibles.
Today, we are flooded with Golden Girl merch. From figures to board games to costumes, we now have choices. ABC Studios, who hold the rights to the Golden Girls, finally saw the dollar signs and most are more than happy to shovel it out.
In 2021, the BeatriceArthur.com fan website is going to have a curated list of some of these new releases. To start off, we are going to focus on four newly released Golden Girl Funko Pop figures. The Bowling Uniform series is inspired by the unforgettable episode “The Competition” in season 1.
A must-have in addition to the original four releases or separately by themselves.
Currently, the curated list refers to Amazon.com. These referrals help with keeping the site up and running on the backend. In the near future, other retailers will be added. Please check back often so you don’t miss out on any GG goodness!
Hard to believe it has been 10 years since Bea passed away. The previous 10 years were a special time for Bea and her fans with the beginning of internet communities, while at the same time, Bea was revving up her last act. Most of us here got to enjoy her one-woman show during this time and left feeling like we were invited over to her house for a couple of hours. Something most people will not forget. Bea continued to provide to loved ones after her death with the inspiring Ali Forney Center—Housing for homeless LGBT youth. A quick 20 years, but worth the ride from that all started while randomly watching a sitcom on what would have been a boring night, as a kid in the 80s. Thanks again, Bea!
A good start to bringing over the Golden Girls legacy into 2018 has quickly occurred. Even better, it is with the help of a long time Bea fan. Luke has been a fan for many years and recently graduated with a BA in theatre to pursue his own unique path. Luke writes, “My first role is airing on Cartoon Network. And. I’m playing Bea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The show “The Amazing World of Gumball” is doing a loving parody of The Golden Girls and they saw my Bea impression on YouTube and asked me to audition for the show. A year later it is airing. I always loved going to your site and you came to mind today as someone that might be interested! I made a vlog about it here. It airs on Cartoon Network. It’s a very cute tribute and I loved every second of doing it.”
Another start to the new year was the airing of a heavily golden gal influenced episode The Goldbergs. Paying homage to The Golden Girls right smack in the middle of the 80s. Perfect.
Check out the preview to The Amazing World of Gumball below. If you don’t have Cartoon Network, the episode is affordably available on iTunes and similar digital stores for download.
Looking forward to another year in remembering Bea!
New images have appeared via Getty Images from the November 30, 2017, Bea Arthur Residence Dedication. Read more details about the Bea Arthur Residence development here. November 30 was also declared “Bea Arthur Day” by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Thanks to Bea fan Alex for passing on these pics!
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, who 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.
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.
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!
PS – Don’t forget, Bea’s birthday is tomorrow (May 13), let’s remember her by playing her Between Friends album on repeat!
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.
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.