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Topless Bea Arthur Painting Sells for $1.9M

As Christie's has record $495M night

(Newser) - No, Bea Arthur never sat for a topless painting. But that didn't stop artist John Currin from conjuring one up in his imagination in 1991, and last night it sold for $1.9 million at Christie's, reports the New York Post . It was part of a $495 million... More »

Bea Arthur Was a Secret Marine

Actress later denied serving, when asked

(Newser) - Before she was a Golden Girl, Bea Arthur was a Marine. She denied it when asked in interviews, but the Smoking Gun found records showing that Arthur (then Bernice Frankel) served in the Marine Corps for two and a half years, starting in 1943 when she was 21. She was... More »

Dead Bea Arthur Stars in PETA Ad

Ad marks one-year anniversary of her death

(Newser) - PETA has long been a fan of using naked celebrities in its campaigns, and now it’s using dead celebrities, too. Bea Arthur stars in the latest ad, a full-pager in today’s Chicago Tribune protesting McDonald’s treatment of its chickens. Arthur, a long-time PETA supporter, even managed... More »

Farrah Fawcett Missing From Oscars Tribute

Comedian, TV star absent from annual montage

(Newser) - Though the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment typically focuses on film stars, it was jolting not to see Farrah Fawcett’s iconic image in this year's montage. Fawcett, who died in June, was best known for her TV role on Charlie’s Angels, though she did star in films like... More »

Bea Arthur Called Betty White a What?

Tribute to Golden Girls comic recalls her funny—often dirty—comments

(Newser) - Bea Arthur’s sharp humor and potty mouth were remembered at yesterday’s tribute to the late actor, People reports. Recollections ranged from the reverent—“She really taught me how to be a feminist,” said Rosie O’Donnell—to the raunchy—“God, I want to fuck him,... More »

'Imperious' Arthur Was a 'Thunderbolt'

Comedian broke new ground in Maude , Golden Girls

(Newser) - Bea Arthur may not have been television’s most iconic actress, “but no woman ever made so many people so happy by being so imperious, so decisive, so just plain bossy,” Ken Tucker writes in Entertainment Weekly. No one defied or upstaged her on Maude or Golden Girls,... More »

Golden Girl Bea Arthur Dead at 86

TV legend made a career out of playing acerbic heroines

(Newser) - Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows Maude and The Golden Girls, died today at age of 86. Arthur, who had cancer, died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. “... More »

'Sophia' of Golden Girls Dead at 84

Veteran actress Estelle Getty suffered from dementia

(Newser) - Estelle Getty, the diminutive actress who spent 40 years struggling for success before landing a role of a lifetime in 1985 as the sarcastic octogenarian Sophia on TV's The Golden Girls, has died. She was 84. The two-time Emmy winner, who suffered from advanced dementia, died this morning at home,... More »

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