Just when you think you've heard everything there is to know about The Golden Girlsyou happen upon a gem of an interview which you'll see below, thanks to the Archive of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciencesand it's the equivalent of discovering pop-culture gold. In this case, thank you, Rue McClanahan Blanchefor being a friend spilling the most scintillating secrets we've ever heard about the show. Just wait till you see Rue do a spot-on impersonation of the crusty Bea Arthur in the video below.
While discussing the legacy of her late Maude and Golden Girls co-star, Bea ArthurRue McClanahan claims she thinks that "in both of those shows, we really did change the perception of a woman's role. I know The Golden Girls certainly did because I've got fan mail saying "Thank you for allowing me to act and dress like I feel. And women were writing saying 'Thank you, thank you, thank you for the freedom, for the release, for the permission.
Actress Bea Arthur passed away on April 25, at the age of 86, from cancer. While she personally didn't identify as feminist, her career made an enormous impact on the women's movement. Because America is both a melting pot and a fairly young country, our shared culture is pop culture; we are influenced, informed, and ultimately reflected by television, movies, music, books, etc.
Fox News Flash top headlines for April 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews. She also left us with some rumors about secret feuds and long faces among co-stars. I think my mom had some problems with her, but she liked her.
Arthur began her career on stage in and made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in Her film appearances included Lovers and Other Strangers and Mame Inthe Frankel family relocated to Cambridge, Marylandwhere her parents subsequently operated a women's clothing shop.
Blanche replies that it stands for her initials—Blanche Elizabeth Devereaux. Bea Arthur was to elicit such smart and tart-tongued dialogue over the thirty-eight years she spent doing comedy. The Golden Girls series itself was not the start of her immense relevance as a comedienne but rather a continuance.
Despite a number of years without professional success, Arthur was personally happy. She married a fellow Piscator student, actor, and director Gene Saks, on May 28,and the two entered domestic bliss making audition rounds together. Receiving excellent reviews, Arthur was soon in demand as a character actor.
They were the original fab foursome. A group of elderly ladies, still in the prime of their life, living together in sunny Miami, dealing with all of the same issues as women half their age: namely, ex-husbands, sex and cataracts. Okay, maybe not all of the same issues. But the girls were beloved and, though the show may have ended 23 years ago, their friendship lives on thanks to that catchy theme song and a never-ending stream of reruns available on the Hallmark Channel.
She was coy about her age, and sources give various dates for her birth, but a family spokesman, Dan Watt, said in an e-mail message she was The cause was cancer, Mr. Watt said.
Journalists will tell you it's best not to meet your heroes, as they so often disappoint, but when I met Bea Arthur - who died on Saturday, aged 86 — she more than matched my expectations. She had starred in one of my all-time favourite comedies, The Golden Girlsa groundbreaking programme, having as it did four female co-stars all on the wrong side of 50 two even plus. Arthur was in London to promote her one-woman show in the West End.