Saturday, April 25, 2009

RIP Bea

I found out that Bea Arthur died today at the age of 86 after watching that episode of The Golden Girls called "The Impotence of Being Ernest." I don't care much for the main storyline of that episode (Rose dates a guy who is impotent) but the secondary storyline featuring Sophia carrying out an 80s Sicilian vendetta is that show at its finest.

Blanche: (picking up the phone) Sophia, it's for you. He says his name is Tony the Hook.
Sophia: Tell him I'll call him back. (looks incredulous) What? He's my butcher. Yeah, that's right...my butcher.

As my friend Matt says, no one could deliver a punchline like Bea Arthur. I would add to that sentiment by saying that Arthur frequently said more with a look than many comedians can with an entire monologue.

She will be missed, but thank God the reruns of The Golden Girls will continue until the end of time.

2 comments:

Paul said...

so sad. She had such a varied career too. I love her caustic barbs and looks in Bosom Buddies in MAme.

Nomad said...

it's interesting to see older pictures of Bea Arthur, in a certain light, one might say that she looked like Catherine Zeta Jones...