Happy Birthday, Bea Arthur!

Bea Arthur was born on this day in 1922 and would have been 98 today. From Broadway to Hollywood, she led an amazing life that she always lived on her own terms. Although she was a fairly private person who considered herself an introvert, she was still up for almost anything and loved performing on the stage and screen. Today The Golden Girls Fashion Corner celebrates her life with with photos and quotes.

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A young Bea Arthur

My dream was to become a very small, blonde movie star like Ida Lupino and those other women I saw up there on the screen during the Depression.

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With Angela Lansbury in Mame on Broadway

She would make us laugh during ‘Mame’ rehearsals with a look or with a word. She didn’t need dialogue. I don’t know if I can say that about any other person I ever worked with.
–Jerry Herman

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Bea in the musical A Mother’s Kisses

I’m 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice, and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can’t stay home waiting for something different. I think it’s a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.

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TV Guide cover from 1972

I think Maude’s appeal is that she is a real person. She’s over 40, she’s big, and she’s what I am–as opposed to many of the women in situation comedies who are beautiful, sweet, and charming at all times.

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Publicity photo of Bea as Maude

Someone once accused me of trying to turn the sitcom into an art form, and I really believe that’s what I was trying to do.

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Thank you for being a friend!

It was like the Beatles had arrived, you know. These four elderly ladies, and they were screaming for us–screaming for us! It was wonderful.

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Winning the Emmy in 1988

I’m not playing a role. I’m being myself, whatever the hell that is.

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Publicity photo for And Then There’s Bea

I believe that you’re here on Earth for a short time, and while you’re here, you shouldn’t forget it.

I think Bea would be so pleased that her roles as Maude and Dorothy have become so beloved and continue to bring joy to audiences across generations! Take a look at the posts linked below for more about her life and career.

All About Bea: Part 1 — Beginnings

All About Bea: Part 2 — And Then There’s Maude

Bea Arthur In the Star Wars Holiday Special

Bea Arthur for Shoppers Drug Mart

Moves Like Bea

 

 

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