Maude, a tall deep voiced woman with razor sharp funny girl spunk was a golden girl of humor.
Bea Arthur, came on the telly scene in the early 70's at the age of 50 years young after a successful stage career in the small role of Maude Finley. The loud-mouthed lesbian cousin of Edith Bunker in one of America's best of all time classic comedies, All In The Family was the perfect foil to Carroll Conner's bigoted, Archie Bunker. In 1972 the success of All In The Family lead to Bea's own television series, simply titled Maude. During the five year run, Maude covered weighty topics such as divorce, women's rights's, civil rights,abortion, and alcoholism with humor and humility. In the mid- 80's well into her 60's Bea Arthur took on another television series with The Golden Girls and spearheaded another great comedy hit centerd on four women and their relationships with each other, aging, love, and sex after 50. The show ended in 1992, but thanks to TV Land, the laughter has not stopped.
On any given day one can see Bea Arthur in any one of the three comedy classics that she was a part of . There she'll be delivering one of her deep voiced lines with great comedic timing. The tall woman behind the voice is now gone but the laughter lives on.
“Life is filled with a lot of stuff, you know. There is never a dull moment.”
~~Bea Arthur~~~May 13, 1924-April 25, 2009