Remembering Bea

Rue McClanahan: She Made People Laugh


VIEWPOINTS — “What’s any great star’s lasting contribution? What’s Lucille Ball’s? I don’t know how to put answers like that into words. I suppose perhaps the thing she did the best and the most of was make people laugh.” —Rue McClanahan on her colleague, peer, and friend Bea Arthur [EW]

This morning on Today, Rue and Betty White remembered their friend:

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  • Z reveals

    I feel sad. I loved her and all golden girls!!!

  • Bob

    The world is a little bit sadder today due to the death of this wonderful and funny woman. I will always remember the first time I saw her, as a child, when she was appearing on Broadway in Mame with Angela Lanbury. I loved her then and as Maude and of course as the witty and charming Dorothy on the ‘Golden Girls’.

  • osocubano

    No one knew her way around a bitchy line like Bea Arthur.

  • Alfonzo

    One of my fraternity brothers in college used to call me Dorothy because I was such smart ass, I so I kind of indentified with some of her characters in that sense.

    I’ll miss Bea Arthur and appreciate what she did to move this country forward, socially.

  • John

    she was awesome, a legend.

  • J. Clarence

    She was certainly a class act. It’s weird actually thinking that one of the golden girls isn’t around anymore.


    @J. Clarence: Two of them, actually.

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