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Thank You For Being A Friend, Ms. B.

April 25, 2009 By: jaysays Category: Commentary, Thought of the Gay

Bea Arthur’s passing shouldn’t come as a surprise.  The brilliant actress and comedienne was 86 years old after all, but her death has rocked me to my core.  Perhaps I’m already sensitive after losing one hero this month already, my dear friend and companion, Crystal Quiroz, or perhaps its because Bea Arthur was more to me than just a star on TV or stage.

I grew up with Bea.  My mother and I spending countless nights watching the Golden Girls.  Even to this day, we catch the re-runs and talk gleefully about the shenanigans of those women.  Each year during cold session when my voice would go an octave lower I’d gleefully proclaim, “I sound like Bea Arthur.”  Truth be told, I sounded more like Harvey Fierstein than Ms. B, but I knew her first and always appreciated the laughs.

For all the late night, munchy-filled occasions when you and your crew of lady friends on television lifted my spirits after a long day, thank you for being a friend, Ms. B.  You will be sorely missed but fondly remembered.

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1 Comments to “Thank You For Being A Friend, Ms. B.”


  1. A fond farewell for Ms B from me as well. During that time in tv land, when I first remember her in sitcoms, there were very few of those shows I enjoyed. Some I watched because it was a “family thing”.

    One of my favorite tv sitcom scenes from back then was when Ms Bea (in her phenomenal character) stood up to the one and only mr archie bunker. What I liked most about her initially was that she was just absolutely not “father knows best” in the roles she chose. None of her characters were.

    When I watched her being interviewed by various talk show hosts – I realized that really was her personality in those characters. I believe she forged a whole new path for women in tv, and I admired her for that!

    May your eternity bring you the same joy that you brought your fans!! bye…

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