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.
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.
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.
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.