I could not come up with a one-liner worthy of her for a headline here, and I wanted to avoid the obvious “thank you for being a friend,” line, so I guess I’ll just keep the title of this post serious.
Bea Arthur was, in one inelegant word, awesome.
I’ll just say this: she played some pretty amazing roles, and proved that you could be successful being a snarky, strong, intelligent woman in pop culture. I wish we had more performers like her out there, and more roles like that available to women. (An aside: when I wrote my list of favorite women in television a few months ago, I had a hard time coming up with enough characters to fill up a list. We need more well-written female characters on television!)
In the meantime, I offer a fabulous performance by Ms. Arthur’s of “Bosom Buddies” from the musical Mame, along with another kick-ass woman, Angela Lansbury.