We Will Miss You, Bea Arthur

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In extremely sad news, beloved actress Bea Arthur has passed away at the age of 86. Arthur is perhaps best known for her roles as Maude and, of course, as Dorothy Zbornak on Golden Girls.


According to the Associated Press, Arthur died peacefully in her sleep after a battle with cancer. "She was a brilliant and witty woman," said her personal assistant, Dan Watt. "Bea will always have a special place in my heart." In ours, too. Thank you Bea, for being a friend, and for bringing such joy and laughter to us all. You will be missed. [AP]

In a small tribute to both Bea and Estelle Getty, here is one of my favorite clips (feel free to share your own in the comments):

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I had no idea she was even sick! So sad.

Does anyone remember the episode of Malcolm in the Middle where she was Dewey's babysitter? They danced around the house to ABBA songs and then she died and hilarity ensued. What an awesome lady.