Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Golden Girl passes on

Bea Arthur, the "Maude" and "Golden Girls" star, died Saturday at the age of 86. Bea's tv career shot off after she appeared as Edith Bunker's outspoken, liberal cousin, who played the foil to Archie's conservative crumedgeonous on "All in the Family."

She was such a hit, that it landed her a show of her own, "Maude," for which she won an Emmy in 1977. Then in 1985, she started her run as Dorothy on "The Golden Girls," the hit show which garnered 10 Emmys.

Arthur may best be remembered by recent generations, as the butt of Roastmaster Jeff Ross' best delivered zinger during the Comedy Central Roast of Jerry Stiller. After a weird and uncomfortable rendition of Heart's "Magic Man" by roaster Sandra Bernhardt for bewildered Stiller, Ross came to the podium and announced:

"I wouldn't fuck Sandra Bernhardt with Bea Arthur's dick."

It was a zing a comedian like Arthur loved. RIP, Bea.

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