This isn’t going to be very well thought out, and it might not even be eloquent. Bea Arthur died yesterday. I never met her, and she didn’t know who I was but she played an important role in me becoming ME.
Maude. The first time I ever really knew what a feminist was was due to Bea’s portrayal of the outspoken, liberal, divorced Maude Findlay. I watched in re-runs of course, the show ended when i was 4 years old or something, but I remember thinking how i had never seen a woman on TV like that before. Not glamorous or traditionally beautiful, Maude made a difference. The first time I ever heard the phrase “Women’s rights” or saw a character deal with having an abortion or nervous breakdown. Something that would never pass today’s overly cautious TV standards.(I also got to meet her future roommate and Golden Girl Rue McClanahan)
I don’t know. Bea was a cool lady and her career and roles helped shape who I am.
Thanks for being you, Bea.