Saturday, April 25, 2009
GOLDEN GIRLS' BEA ARTHUR, DEAD AT 86!
Known by the moniker, Dorothy in the Television comedy, "The Golden Girls", Bea Arthur who played Dorothy, the daughter of Sophia Petrillo, late Estelle Getty, is dead. She was 86 years old and died of peacefully in her sleep at Los Angeles California, USA. She had cancer. She was tall, baritone-voiced, witty, vivacious and matronly. Her use of "Ma" to address her mother, Sophia and the way she drags it out was quite endearing. The Golden Girls,” created by Susan Harris aired as a series on NBC from 1985-92 and reruns till today. It focused on the lives of four previously married but divorced or widowed and aging women who shared a house in Miami. Three retirees - Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan - and the mother of Arthur, Estelle Getty, lived together in the house. The group portrayed the lives of older women as lively, uncertain, dramatic and passion-filled as those of college sorority sisters. They dealt with various serious life issues ranging from aging, gun control, gay rights to domestic violence. "The Golden Girls" was so riveting as Sophia told stories of her days as a young girl growing up in Sicily-Italy; how they pound their clothes on a rock in a stream to agitate the dirt; with her seeming bouts of dementia? Dorothy always stops her by saying, while making a face, "Ma"? The twice married and divorced mother of two sons, Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel in New York City in 1922. Those who watched "The Golden Girls" know that a gifted actress has passed on and I count myself a fan. Icheoku says, adieu Dorothy as you join your TV mother Sophia in heaven!