In the fall of 1982, while studying Television and Film at U.C.L.A. I had a celebrity brush with actress Bea Arthur, then best-remembered as the star of TV’s iconic Maude series (CBS, 1972–1978), and soon to be recalled to fame as on The Golden Girls, alongside Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty - each of whom I would run into over the coming years.
The Golden Girls are all gone now but we shouldn’t forget the depth of professionalism and expertise that went into the writing and performance of that exemplary sitcom. Here’s a little taste of what they could do, severally and collectively, when they stopped clowning. Check out Bea Arthur’s comedic timing and the way she subtly uses her physical reactions to emphasise the lyrics of this song.
Late Actress Bea Arthur Fondly Remembered At Festive ‘Golden Girls’ Convention 13 Years After Her Battle With Lung Cancer
Hit ’80s show Golden Girls has been the gift that keeps on giving for superfans who keep the legacy alive by participating in themed events like Golden-con, which took place in Chicago this past weekend. One of the snappiest characters is “Dorothy,” played by Bea Arthur, who lost her...
Well, this is shocking ... Betty White was beloved by so many people, but some of her 'Golden Girls' castmates are not among them. Joel Thurm, the casting director for the hit show, opened up on "The Originals" podcast and revealed this ... "Literally Bea Arthur, who I cast in something else later on, just said, 'Oh, she's a f***ing c***," adding, "I heard it with my own ears."
The Golden Girls casting director alleges Betty White was hated by her co-stars, says Bea Arthur referred to her with the C-word
The latest episode of Los Angeles Magazine's The Originals podcast features an April 2021 interview with The Golden Girls casting director Joel Thurm. In it, Thurm, speaking months before White's death, alleges that Arthur and Rue McClanahan both called White the C-word. “Literally Bea Arthur, who I cast in something else later on, just said, ‘Oh, she’s a f*cking c*nt,’ using that word,” says Thurm, who is writing a book about his experiences as a casting director. He added: “Yeah, she called her the C-word. I mean, I heard that with my own ears. And by the way, so did Rue McClanahan. Rue McClanahan said it to me in Joe Allen’s (restaurant); Bea Arthur (when she was) on the set of Beggars and Choosers."
Stream It Or Skip It: ‘The Golden Palace’ On Hulu, The Long-Lost ‘Golden Girls’ Spinoff That Subtracted Bea Arthur And Added A Young Don Cheadle
The Golden Palace has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the past 30 years. A one-season spin-off of The Golden Girls, it essentially subtracts Bea Arthur, who was done with the show, and adds Don Cheadle, Cheech Marin and a hotel. Was it as big a disaster as people thought it was? Now that it’s on Hulu, people can see for themselves. Read on for more…
Bea Arthur became an easily recognizable face thanks to her time on All in the Family and her character’s very own spinoff, Maude. So much so, it won her some helpful points landing the role of Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls. But Arthur had already shown her grit in a totally different way, decades ago, when she served as a staff sergeant through World War II.
Born Bernice Frankel, actress Bea Arthur — famed for her work in The Golden Girls — enlisted as one of the first members of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve during World War II. It was only once she eventually started performing in theater that she changed her name. A Broadway success, winning a Tony Award for her role in Mame, she made the move to television in the 1970s, when she starred in All in the Family as Maude Finlay, a role that she reprised in the successful spinoff sitcom Maude, for which she won an Emmy in 1977.
Bea Arthur was best known for her acting roles in the 1966 Broadway musical “Mame;” the 1970s sitcoms “All In The Family” and “Maude;” the 1985-1992 sitcom “The Golden Girls;” and many other notable parts in film, TV and theater. Less known is that Arthur enlisted in the Marine Corps...