Bea Arthur really did tango off to heaven yesterday. My soul is still weeping. Mostly because it hit me out of nowhere. And also, Bea was a true talent in every sense of the phrase. The simple fact is that Bea just wanted to entertain and didn’t give ten shits about being famous. A born performer who didn’t take herself too seriously. There really aren’t many like her left.
Yesterday, both Betty White and Rue McClanahan released statements about the passing of their friend.
Betty told ET, “I knew it would hurt, I just didn’t know it would hurt this much.. I’m so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life. I have dearly loved her for a very long time. How lucky I was to know her.”
Rue told Radar, “Thirty-seven years ago she showed me how to be very brave in comedy. I’ll miss that courage and I’ll miss that voice.”
I’ll miss her voice too. It always lulled me to sleep. I raised a dozen glasses to her last night and I’ll raise a dozen more today!