Saturday, April 25, 2009
Another Angel Called Home
Beatrice Arthur (1922 - 2009)
This comes just on the heels of my post describing Dorothy Zbornak as my second favorite TV character of all time. I feel like a schmuck for having never watched Maude, but to me, she'll always be Dorothy and Vera Charles (Mame). She was much more of a star on stage and TV than in films, but she was excellent in Lovers and Other Strangers and the film version of Mame, in which she reprised her stage role as Mame's boozy actress friend.
According to the AP: "She was 86...Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, Watt said, declining to give further details."
She was a marvelous talent and will be sorely missed. But at least Ma and Pussycat are together again.