May 13th forever etched in our memories

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I just received an email from Jessica who reminded me of a few things. She and most of us have May 13th etched in our memories as an exciting day, Bea’s birthday. Many fans took the time to write Bea on her birthday and enjoyed doing so. Today many fans are somewhat lost in what to do with themselves. Some are feeling the same emotion as in losing their own grandmother and yes, it is ok. Jessica also linked two videos off of YouTube that I would like to share with you too. One I had seen, one I had not. They are both quite special. Especially if you got the chance to see her one-woman show… memories come flooding back! Hopefully, these videos will give you something to do today that will bring a smile!

Happy birthday Bea.


Ebay auction to continue raising awareness and education in the performing arts… In honor or our beloved Chairperson, Bea Arthur

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Let’s (us Bea fans) help em’ out! ::

On behalf of the Art Attack Foundation, we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of Broadway and Television’s greatest, Bea Arthur.

Bea’s career encompassed all areas of the performing arts which is why she was the perfect fit to be our Chairperson.  We are having this auction to raise funds for our performing arts scholarships.  Many items were donated by Miss Arthur herself and her friends.  Our scholarships are given to those with exceptional talent and drive in the performing arts.  Bea, you were an inspiration to many and you will be truly missed.

With Love,

Art Attack Foundation
Board Members


Broadway to Dim Its Lights for Bea Arthur!

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This was the news I was hoping for after this long, sad weekend.

New York Times
Broadway to Dim Its Lights for Bea Arthur!

The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed for one minute on Tuesday at 8:00pm in honor of Bea Arthur, who died on Saturday. She was 86.

Hope you are all holding up well! Thanks again for all the emails and messages. I am a little backlogged but will try to get to them as soon as I can.



The day we dreaded; the day Bea Arthur left us

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You would think that I would be prepared for this day, because I certainly did. No. My jaw just dropped when a friend messaged me saying so sorry to hear about Bea. I said “WHAT?, where did you hear this”, being stuff like this is thrown at me all the time. But, as I have always said, I won’t believe it until I see it on CNN. Well, it was on MSNBC’s web site, so if that isn’t a confirmation enough, I don’t know what is. However, as I write this, I am now seeing it as breaking news on CNN. I am in shock, as I, nor anyway in the public knew that she had cancer. I’m sure more will be released in the future about these details.

In the meantime, let me just say that my thoughts and prayers to go her family and friends that had the private knowledge of Bea’s cancer and decline, in which I’m sure they have been secretly concerned about all this time.

I’m going to post this up right now, but will be updating it when more information is present. At of this moment, it is only breaking news that she passed away this morning from cancer. No further information is available as of this original posting. So stay tuned, as always.

She really appreciated her fans, you. So, don’t forget that! Don’t be sad today, instead break out your Golden Girls and Maude DVDs and remember why we loved that dry-wit sense of humor that got us through our own personal hard times in life. That is what friends are for, thank you Bea.

This site is understandably getting hit hard today, so it’s going up and down a lot. Feel free to follow my twitter as I will be posting on there as well.

Beatrice Arthur – May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009
LA Times

:: Additional tidbits and points of interest from news sources ::

• “Maude,” “Golden Girls” star was at home with family in Los Angeles
• No funeral services are currently planned, the family asked that donations be made to either the Art Attack Foundation or PETA in lieu of flowers.

A note I just received from Bea’s assistant/spokesperson ::

On behalf of the Art Attack Foundation we are deeply saddened by the loss of one of Broadway and Television’s greatest, Bea Arthur.

Ms. Arthur broke into the American theatre scene in 1954 when she performed in a production of Three-Penny Opera. Miss Arthur followed her stage debut with another successful off-Broadway musical, The Shoestring Revue. In 1964 it was the role of Yenter, the matchmaker, in Fiddler on the Roof, which made her truly famous. A year later she won her greatest Broadway acclaim in Mame. Starring opposite Angela Lansbury, her portrayal of Vera Charles, a savagely witty and serpent-tongued woman earned her a Tony Award in 1966.

Famed producer Norman Lear took note of Miss Arthur in The Shoestring Review, and convinced her to do a guest role as Edith Bunker’s cousin, Maude, on All in the Family. Her character was so intriguing that she got her own show in 1972. Bea won an Emmy for best actress in a comedy series for her work on Maude. Next, Arthur joined the cast of The Golden Girls, for which she also won an Emmy. The show ran seven years.

Bea’s career encompassed all area’s of the performing arts which is why she was the perfect fit to be our Chairperson. As a way to say “thank you” for Miss Arthur’s support through the years, the Art Attack Foundation has decided to create a special scholarship in her name that will be given to those with exceptional talent and drive in the performing arts. Bea, you were an inspiration to many and you will be truly missed.

With Love,

Dan Watt
Founder/Executive Director
Art Attack Foundation


Bea Arthur’s Maude part of Norman Lear 19-disc DVD box set

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Treat yourself to the new 19-disc DVD box set that is due to release on June 9th! Obviously, I am a fan of anything that Bea is in, but aside from her work alone, I have been a fan of Norman Lear just as long, if not longer. Growing up on hits like All In The Family, Good Times, and The Jeffersons, it wasn’t until years later when focusing on Bea’s career that I put it all together of Lear being the brains behind all of these shows. So, click HERE to check out the full rundown of what is in this box set. If interested in it, you can pre-order it now at a dandy of a reduced price on Amazon today!

Also, be sure to watch the video trailer of the release. There are some, short but sweet, clips of our Bea in it! They are quite recent and she is looking great as usual!

Until next time!


Halmark Channel now re-running The Golden Girls

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Thank you Lifetime Channel for all the years of GG reruns… but now it’s time to change the channel for your favorite girls…

Picture it…On March 1, viewers can enjoy 18 hours of tales from St. Olaf, pizza-and knishes, Southern belles, and sassy seniors with an 18-hour marathon of “The Golden Girls,” which redefined the term ‘Must See TV’ for a generation of fans, and generations to come.

With six seasons in the Top 10, 79 award nominations with 34 wins, and 38% of America watching the finale, “The Golden Girls” stands in select company as one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty, Bea Arthur, and Betty White star as four South Florida seniors sharing a house, their dreams, their loves, and losses. Bright, provocative, clueless, and hilarious, these lovely mismatched ladies form the perfect circle of friends.

Experience a full day of laugh-packed episodes from this landmark television series when “The Golden Girls” begins airing on Hallmark Channel beginning Saturday, March 1, 8:30 a.m – 2:30 a.m., and continues Mondays-Fridays 8-9 a.m., 4-5 p.m. and 12 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturdays 6-9 a.m. and Sundays 8:30-10 a.m (All times ET/PT).


TV Academy Inducts Bea Arthur

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be inducting Bea Arthur into the Hall of Fame on December 9, 2008. She will join more than 100 individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the television medium and have been inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. This post will be updated if any new developments are learned, so please check back!

Update :: The event will not be aired, but a highlight reel may be available at a later time.

Articles ::

Bea Arthur, Merv Griffin Among Hall Inductees
Maude star among TV Hall of Fame inductees


Bea’s Health

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So, it seems that The Globe has a recent article, that I have only seen online (short version) about Bea’s declining health. I’m starting to receive emails about this and wanted to have this opportunity to remind you about this website, where I stand, and what I know.

This is a fan website that I have run for 8 years now. Simply that. I am a fan and wanted to share my appreciation for Bea with other fans. It is that simple. I have met Bea a couple of times, but it was nothing more of an experience different from when any other fan that has met her. I do not get special treatment, secret information, or any of the sort other than what is in the public domain to the rest of us. So, I would appreciate you keeping that in mind during any phase of rumors and gut feelings you might have!

My grandmother is going on 99 in October and it wasn’t until just this year that she has started to go downhill. So, don’t let the age factor alone make you believe that there is something wrong automatically. We just will never know until we know. From my experience with the media and the personal lives of celebrities… they often contradict each other. Media wants dirt because that gains headlines much better and celebrities want their privacy for understandable reasons. Let’s just wait and see shall we because I know that is all that I can do personally. In the meantime, let’s keep watching Maude and the Golden Girls and appreciate Bea’s body of work. That is what this site is for and why you are here reading this now!

Thanks, guys!


And then there were three…

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Sad news today… very sad… the passing of Bea Arthur’s TV mom, Estelle Getty ::

Sadly, today July 22, 2008, at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Time, we said our last good-byes to our little friend Estelle, who passed away and made her journey to the great beyond. Although it was a trip that she never wanted to take, she went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family and her very loving care-givers.

Estelle’s legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud.

:: read more at her website ::

More links ::

Discussion of Estelle’s passing

Associated Press – YouTube Video