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RIP Bea Arthur
April 25, 2009, 4:45 pm
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Bea Arthur died today at the age of 86.  She had been fighting cancer and passed away at her home.

She’s best-known these days for her Emmy-winning role as Dorothy Zbornak, the younger half of television’s most stomach-churning parent-child relationship.  But I actually prefer watching her on Maude, the Norman Lear sitcom that ran from 1972 to 1978.  Maude, played by Arthur, was a no-nonsense liberal that supported abortion, racial equality, and tolerance, even though she usually came across as noisy and over-opinionated.  (Maude was a spin-off of All In The Family, but was a lot less annoying to watch.)  My favorite episode is the one where she hosts a children’s birthday party, but there’s many, many good episodes.  It used to be on TV Land and according to Wikipedia isn’t anymore; also, though it ran for six seasons, only the first is around on DVD.

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