We are having a party tonight at a dueling piano bar in Charlotte. To our great shock, the piano player announced the death of Bea Arthur. In memory of her, the first song was the theme from “Maude”.
I am quite saddened by her passing. I loved her in “The Golden Girls” and thought she would live forever.
I’m having a beer and raising it in a toast to one of my childhood icons, Bea Arthur.
UPDATE (from Dan): After reading that Maud had died, I headed over to the blog to write out a quick tribute to the great Beatrice and saw that Bruce had similar feelings for this star of stage and screen (big and small).
I can still her voice as Yenta (the Matchmaker) on the cast album for Fiddler on the Roof and only wish Angela Lansbury had reprised her role as Mame in the screen version of the musical. To see Lansbury opposite Arthur as Vera! What would a treat that would have been! So, here, in memory of a truly great lady, I offer their classic duet on friendship: