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Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur Not Included in Oscars Tribute Package

Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur

Why weren't Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur included in the "In Memoriam" package on Sunday's Oscars telecast?

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Academy spokesperson Penny Melidonian pointed out that both actresses... read more

Hallmark Channel Expands Bea Arthur Tribute

Golden Girls

After being flooded with calls in support of a Memorial Day Golden Girls marathon tribute for Bea Arthur, Hallmark Channel has decided to give fans more of what they want. And sooner.

The network is kicking off the marathon over three days — from 7 to 9 pm/ET each day — beginning April 28. Executives have hand-picked the episodes, which they describe as the "best of Dorothy Zbornak."

The tribute will continue on Sunday, May 3 with wall-to-wall Golden Girls from 6 am/ET to 3 am/ET on May 4. The previously announced Memorial Day schedule (6:30 am/ET to 2:30 am/ET) will ... read more

Shattered TV Taboos: How Bea Arthur and Others Broke Barriers

William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols

Bea Arthur will be remembered not just for her dry delivery and deft timing but for knocking down television taboos. First in Maude, and later in the Golden Girls, she introduced sex-related firsts that other shows were scared to touch. Here's a look at some of the barriers broken by Arthur and other screen stars.

First Married Couple to Share a Bed: Yes, there was a time it was considered wildly risqué to portray two married people sleeping together. But that time was the hilariously uptight 1950s, not swinging 1947, when the real-life married stars of... read more

Friends and Colleagues Remember Beatrice Arthur

Golden Girls

Beatrice Arthur's friends and colleagues remembered the Emmy- and Tony-winning actress as a brave force in comedy whose talent and voice were one of a kind.

"I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much," said Betty White, Arthur's Golden Girls costar. "I'm so happy that she ...
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Golden Girl Bea Arthur Dies at 86

Bea Arthur

Beatrice Arthur, the star of the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls, died Saturday at age 86.

Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home early Saturday with her family at her side, a family spokesperson tells the Associated Press. The actress, who had cancer, would have turned 87 on May 13.

Arthur first portrayed the outspoken and liberal Maude Finley in the Norman Lear comedy series All in the Family. So much did she impress CBS executives that ... read more

Alex and Izzie literally make ...

Question: Alex and Izzie literally make me puke. They have as much chemistry as Bea Arthur and Tom Cruise.


Answer: I happen to think Bea Arthur and Tom Cruise are magical together.

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October 11, 2006: Johnny Likes the Ladies

So, I have to admit right off the bat that I'm not sure why I chose to write about Twenty Good Years. I'm really not familiar with Jeffrey Tambor's work and I never really liked John Lithgow. However, Golden Girls was a really funny show. So I like old people in sitcoms. Maybe I'm just hoping for a male version of Bea Arthur. Whatever the reason, I've been looking forward to this premiere for quite a while. Now that it's happened, I will reserve judgment until the second episode. You have to hope that a show comes out firing right out of the box, which isn't always that easy to do when you need the entire show to set up the premise for the rest of the series. The Class did it well and so did Studio 60 this year — aw heck — I think I've just disproved my own theory. But what I'm trying to say is that this didn't come out guns-a-blazin'. The debut seemed to be almost straight setup with hopes that mayhem will ensue down the road. Either way, the show is about two retirement-... read more

I'll send you pictures of a ...

Veronica Mars

Question: I'll send you pictures of a naked Bea Arthur for some Veronica Mars prattle. Come on — no one can turn that down!


Answer: How right you are. Here's some major-ass-prattle-poop: Mars' main man Rob Thomas is reuniting Enrico Colantoni with his Just Shoot Me lovah Laura San Giacomo! "She plays a woman who comes into Mars Investigation and asks Keith to prove that her husband is cheating on her, and the two of them kind of hit it off," Rob reveals. "So Keith is really hoping he finds evidence that he's cheating." Rob — who would only say Laura appears in "several" episodes — admits her connection to Enrico played a big part in her casting. "I don't think she would have done read more

Curb Your Enthusiasm So the big...

Curb Your Enthusiasm So the big question for a lot of people was how Larry and his crew could possibly top last season's Producers season finale. Well, how about by finding out he's adopted, finding out he's not adopted, dying and then being resurrected after annoying his hosts in heaven? That'd do it, I say — and it did. The finer points: How great was Bill Saluga's Louis Lewis, once he finally came out of the coma and steadfastly refused to donate a kidney to cousin Richie? ("What're you, crazy? I'm not giving anybody my kidney. I just woke up! What, I'm gonna start giving things away now?") The whole seesaw thing with Larry's adoption — pretty darned funny, I must admit, between him celebrating the ways of the gentile and trying to get used to drinking milk with meat. (I was raised in a kosher household and even though those habits and pra read more

Who sang the theme song for ...

Question: Who sang the theme song for The Golden Girls?


Answer: Cynthia Fee sang an abbreviated version of Andrew Gold's "Thank You for Being a Friend" for the show, which, as you know, ran on NBC from 1985-92 and starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four seniors living in Miami.

The song was a Top 25 hit from Gold's 1978 album, All This and Heaven Too. The singer-songwriter (a term popularized when you needed to do at least one to have a career in the music business) had a previous Top 5 hit with "Lonely Boy" in 1976 and, putting in time as a producer, studio musician and songwriter for others, has worked with such notable talent as Linda Ronstadt, Karla Bonoff, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Dia read more

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