And Then There’s Maude

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.


One thought on “And Then There’s Maude

  1. Yes, Bea was wonderful!

    I want to let you know that I LOVE your blog. I am going to Prague to get my CELTA and am hoping to stay there as well. I have always wanted to live in a European city that looks like it’s out of a fairytale, and everything I have seen about Prague makes it look like the perfect place. I think I will feel the same way you do about it.

    I do hope that you write novels… I LOVE your blog!

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