Bea Arthur is baring all, on canvas that is. A nude painting of the late and great comedic icon will sell at auction today in New York City. The painting, which Arthur did not pose for and is not from this episode of “Golden Girls,” is expected to go for anywhere between $1.8 and $2.5 million. Read more on Celebuzz…
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When flawless “Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur passed away, she left a bucket of money to the Ali Forney Center in New York City, a shelter for LGBTQ teenagers. Ali Forney was a drop-in day center for kids who were thrown out of their homes or ran away from home when their families would not accept their sexual orientation. It had food, showers, HIV testing, and mental health services, among other services.
Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Ali Forney Center last week. Keep reading »
Before she kept “The Golden Girls” in line, Bea Arthur was fo reals a staff sergeant! Although she vehemently denied ever serving in the military(WTF?!), the truth has come out posthumously. Turns out, during WWII, when the military began to accept female reserves in 1943, Bea was one of the first to enlist. U.S.A! U.S.A.! Find out her story after the jump …. Keep reading »
Sit down. I have something to tell you. Rue McClanahan died this morning after a massive stroke. She was 76. As Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” Rue cracked us up as the resident man-eater and showed us how sexy shoulder pads and sequins could be. The character wasn’t so far off from her real-life persona. “People always ask me if I’m like Blanche,” Rue once said. “Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern belle from Atlanta—and I’m not from Atlanta.” (For the record: she’s from Oklahoma.) By the time Rue started filming “The Golden Girls,” at age 51 in 1985, she had already had five husbands. She wrote about this in her memoir My First Five Husbands…and the Ones Who Got Away. “It was a quiet kind of desperation,” she said. “I always thought I had to have a man.” She married actor Morrow Wilson in 1997 and stayed with him until this year. Rue survived breast cancer, and had some health problems last January—while recovering from heart bypass surgery, she had a minor stroke—but had been on the mend.
We hope Rue is sitting in the great living room in the sky with Sophia (Estelle Getty, who died in 2008) and Dorothy (Bea Arthur, who died last year). We can’t believe that Betty White is now the only surviving “Golden Girl.” Thank you for being a friend, Rue! You’ll be missed. [E! Online] Keep reading »
If you made it through the entirety of the Oscars last night, you probably noticed something missing. Well, two things missing. During the annual memorial montage, two bold-faced names who passed away this year were conspicuously absent—Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur. Friends and admirers of Fawcett’s have been taking to Twitter to protest the decision. “Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included,” wrote Jane Fonda. “No Farrah in the memorial. They have a whole lot of ‘splaining to do,” chimed in Roger Ebert.
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Welcome to our new favorite thing: a new Tumblr blog simply titled “Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza.” The name pretty much says it all, but if you need further information, the tagline explains, “This is the definitive collection of pictures featuring bea arthur, mountains and pizza.” The definitive collection? If you say so. In any case, an awesome way to memorialize one of our favorite Golden Girls. [BeaArthurMountainsPizza.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »
I used to dog sit for two of the cutest pups in the whole world.Their owners gave me strict instructions to always leave the TV on, set to Lifetime, whenever I left them alone. Without fail, when I’d come back, I’d find the dogs lying on the rug together, holding paws and watching the “Golden Girls.” Aww! Those dogs clearly learned a thing or two about how to love each other, and I bet Bea Arthur, as Dorothy Zbornak, taught them a lesson or two. She was always going out with some Tom, Dick (Van Dyke), or Dr. Harry — her neighbor/star of “Empty Nest.” Here are five things we learned from Dorothy’s dating debacles. Keep reading »
Bea Arthur passed away over the weekend at the age of 86. Sadness. Everything I needed to know about scathing wit I learned from Dorothy Zbornak, who was my constant companion on TV throughout kidhood. “The Golden Girls” were funny and fierce, not letting age get in the way of a good time. The ladies sipped frozen drinks and laughed at all the curveballs life threw at them a decade before Carrie & Co. sexed up the city. After the jump, a look back at our favorite Bea Arthur moments. Keep reading »