Bea Arthur passes away at 86

Sadly, the great comedic actress Bea Arthur, who just passed away at 86, will likely be remembered mainly for her work on the Golden Girls. Here, in hopes of remedying that to some admittedly very tiny extent, is Arthur’s first appearance on network television as Edith Bunker’s feisty, liberal cousin Maude on All in the Family. (Archie referred to her, I believe in this episode, as a “New Deal fanatic,” a title that I’ve always been fond of.)

Arthur, I should add, also has the distinction of having appeared in the hilariously terrible Star Wars Holiday Special. (She sings at the 8:40 mark, if you follow that link to YouTube.)

[And, for those who are interested, an interview with Arthur talking about her work on the television show Maude can be found here.]

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  1. Posted April 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never seen it, but Bea Arthur also starred in the American remake of Fawlty Towers.

  2. Anonymatt
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    This time I heard about it from you first.

    I remember watching Amanda’s when it was on, it think it only lasted a half season. Later I saw Fawlty Towers and saw how inferior Amanda’s was.

  3. Burt Reynolds
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Thank you for being a friend

  4. Paw
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Wasn’t she famous for having a live partial birth abortion on television?

  5. Not All
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Not all Christmas specials in the late 70’s sucked. Check this out.

  6. Collin
    Posted April 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    It’s funny that we were having the same fight about “socialized medicine” over thirty years ago, when this episode was filmed.

  7. Posted April 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I was always fond of her small part as the unemployment office worker in History of the World Pt. 1.

  8. Posted April 28, 2009 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… I’ll have to watch that one again. I don’t remember that, Thomas. Thanks.

    And I’m sorry to hear that you got your leg sliced open over the weekend while playing bike polo.

  9. Robert
    Posted May 6, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    What? No mention of Dom DeLuise? Too lowbrow for your audience, Mark?

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