Monday, April 27, 2009

Bea Arthur dies

The very funny lady died at 86 on Saturday. She was probably best known for her role in The Golden Girls, but I remember her as Archie Bunkers' liberal cousin Maude in the old All In the Family TV series. We first saw her in the episode when she came to take care of the Bunkers when everyone was sick with the flu:

She was such a hit in All In the Family that she got her own spinoff sitcom out of it, simply called Maude, which took place in the Manhattan suburb of Tuckahoe, NY (where I lived until last August. I never bumped into Maude.). Then, of course, she went on to The Golden Girls which also starred Betty White and Rue McClanahan.

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