After Estelle Getty another Star of the Disney/Buena Vista sitcom “The Golden Girls” has passed away. Bea Arthur has died peacefully at her home in Los Angeles at age 86, a family spokesman told Associated Press.
Bea will be always remembered for the role of the tongue in cheek Dorothy Zbornak in the hilarious Golden Girls – the sitcom that in seven seasons tackled hot-button issues such as homophobia, suicide, menopause and racism.
She also won an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the role.
EW.com has published some comments of Arthur‘s friends and colleagues:
Betty White, who so memorably played Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls opposite Arthur, gave this statement to Entertainment Tonight: “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.”
Angela Lansbury, who co-starred with Arthur in Mame on Broadway, released this statement: “Bea Arthur and I first met when we did ‘Mame’ together in 1965. She became and has remained ‘My Bosom Buddy’ ever since. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but also relieved that she is released from the pain. I spoke to Matt, her son, yesterday and I was aware that her time was imminent. She was a rare and unique performer and a dear, dear friend.”