2009-04-25, 08:06 PM
LOS ANGELES — 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” and who won a Tony Award for the musical Mame, died Saturday. She was 86. (http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/554922)
2009-04-25, 09:33 PM
Golden Girls was good and all, but then there's Maude.
"God will get you for this, Walter" -- I'll never forget that line. Rest in peace, "Maude".
2009-04-25, 10:49 PM
I best remember her saying to Archie in "All in the Family": "I see you're still fighting mental illness!" when he made one of his predictable remarks.
I was a kid, learned to laugh at stuff that was funny just because... You were there.
I grew, learned to laugh at stuff that didn't matter, you were there.
I will miss your dry humor, your quick wit. And I will remember it - it shall serve me well through, as I watched it serve you.
Rest well, and when the time comes, make them all laugh again.
Maude was a real coming of age for television. I remember the uproar over the abortion episode. Quite a lady.
2009-04-26, 02:05 PM
What a voice - a female baritone! Sad to see her go. I wasn't a fan of Golden Girls but I sure enjoyed Maude, which is available on DVD (http://www.the-trades.com/article.php?id=5354).
Maude and her daughter Carol sure filled their sweaters too! Florida went on to star in Good TImes. Walter had bit parts on TV for years after, while Carol had bit parts in movies and on TV too.
2009-04-26, 03:55 PM
I will never forget this tv show for one reason - the Slither Gedee.
"The Slither Gedee,
Came out of the sea,
To see what it could see.
Aha! says me,
To the Slither Gedee.
You'll never get your hands on me...
Maude was standing half in a door way and was reciting this poem.
When she said the line "You'll never get your hands on me", she reached overtop from behind and grabbed her hair and pulled back and screamed "AHHHHHH", like the monster grabbed her.
I was 4 or 5 when I saw that, but it's stayed with me until this day!
The poem may not be word for word, but it's how I remember it.
2009-04-26, 08:54 PM
I would guess her appearance on the infamous 1978 Star Wars Thanksgiving Special, would be the low point of her career (and Harrison Ford's)
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I heard of Maude but never ever seen it, looks interesting, have to get it somehow.
2009-04-27, 02:00 PM
I too was just a kid when Maude was on... but it was so different than most other shows at that time.
Sad to see her go..... thanks for the laughs Maude!
2009-04-28, 09:38 AM
Deja Vu was airing Maude over the last two years. It was great to see the show. I had never watched it as a kid because the humor was over my head and then never found it again until recently.