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Monday, April 27, 2009

Bea is for Bag

Before you read on, you should know something: This will probably be the gayest post I ever do. And I'm talking 'gay' as in 'homosexual.'

As I'm sure you've heard by now, over the weekend, we lost hilarious and beloved actress Bea Arthur:

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She had a long and storied career, but I think it's fair to say she'll be remembered by our generation mostly for her role as Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls. As clever as the writing was on the series, my favorite part was always the way Bea Arthur reacted to the insanity that was around her: The icy glares she constantly gave her roommates, coupled with the baritone sound & wicked delivery of her insults were just genius. The woman had great comic timing; reruns of The Golden Girls & Maude are still hilarious, and it has everything to do with Bea Arthur.

I wonder if it is a coincidence that after she died on Saturday, these gigantic purses showed up on the NeighborGoodies Table:

Now, I'm not saying they were hers, but I do find it strange that once this TV Icon dropped dead, these bags appeared. Look at them! They're the epitome of 1980's television props: Massively huge, pastel-colored monstrosities that you never saw anywhere out in the real world. Bags just like these could be found slung over Dorothy's arm in just about every episode:

Perhaps the bags were put there as an homage to Bea Arthur. Think about it: Some people lit candles. Some people (the gays) stayed in and watched their Golden Girls DVDs, sobbing into their cheesecake. And one person left these Golden Girls inspired purses on the NeighborGoodies Table.

And as, uhh, 'lovely' as those purses may be, I have to say that Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty & Rue McClanahan were always my favorite old bags. I'm just glad Bea herself didn't end up on the table. Although funeral arrangements have not been announced, so... only time will tell.


Sara Reddy Coyne said...

Can you imagine the icy glare she would have given if she'd seen the neighbor goodies table? She would have kept it secret for you, though, because she was a pal and a confidante.

Ludovica said...

I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Bea Arthur. She, (along with Elaine Strich) was always among my favourite American actresses, even when I was a little kid. She always seemed more like a real person to me, not a cookie cutter cutie. (since I'm not one of those myself)To me these two actresses symbolised a lot of good things about the USA, sassy, witty, independent and intelligent. Pity there are not many more like these grand old ladies.
RIP Bea.. you were a one-off

They do say here( though of course its ignorant crap) that "The bigger the handbag (purse) the uglier the woman". I must be hella ugly I guess. I like being fully equipped when I go somewhere. My favourite bag ever was one I crocheted myself that was pretty deep and stretched to fit just about anything, anytime it got a hole in, I'd just crochet a new section. It was great. Had it for at least 10 years before it was just too nasty with leaked biro all over it and I gave up and got a proper grown up ladies handbag when i was about... uh.. thirty five ? LOL

Lucia Pamela said...

Poor Bea. I heard she succumbed to testicular cancer...too soon?