It was so nice of Bea Arthur‘s estate to loan Lindsay Lohan that outfit for her probation hearing today. That being say, we don’t know if it was the matronly cardigan-and-trouser set she was wearing or her delightful St. Olaf stories, but either way Lilo was praised in court for the steps she’s taken toward completing her required hours of community service at the L.A. county morgue. Oh, and you should hear Lindsay’s tales of growing up in Sicily. They’re just adorable!
“You have actually done the work,” Judge Stephanie Sautner reportedly told Lohan. “And done it not only on time, but early.” Looks like we won’t need to bake this file into a cheesecake after all. You know what that means…everyone put on their most billowy nightgown and meet us out on the lanai! We’re about descend on this delicious treat like a pack of ravenous elderly wolves!
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Normal people would call this a slow news day story, but as Golden Girls enthusiasts, we call this the story of a lifetime. The Smoking Gun has dug up papers that prove that Bea Arthur was enlisted in the Marine Corps for over two years when she was a young woman. In 1943, Arthur, whose name back then was Bernice Frankel, enlisted in the Women’s Reserve and served as a typist and a truck driver, among other duties. A truck-driving Marine? Yeah, that’s our Dorothy Zbornak.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this story though, is that for years, Arthur actually denied having served in the military. She never spoke of her service, not even after she married fellow Marine Robert Arthur and took the surname which became her stage name. Arthur was honorably discharged in 1945 with the title of staff sergeant, and two years later, enrolled in drama school. The rest, as they say, is television history, complete with wicker furniture and cheesecake on the lanai.
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Oh sweet, sweet Bea Arthur, how we miss watching you from our grandmother’s couch, curled up with a bowl of supermarket brand ice cream and a blanket from 1952. But we’re not alone – we visited Times Square to chat with other people mourning the lose of one of the greatest actresses of all time. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to eat cheesecake. Watch above as NYC remembers our beloved Bea.
Legend Bea Arthur, best-known for her role in The Golden Girls, has died at age 86. The star had been suffering from cancer and died Saturday surrounded by family at her home in Los Angeles.
The actress, singer and comedian was one of America’s best loved wits, shooting to national fame in the 1970s sitcom Maude and then reaching an international audience with The Golden Girls in the 1980s. The show, in which Bea starred as the tough-talking Dorothy Zbornak, was a huge hit, and she’s pictured here in this archive shot picking up an 1988 Emmy for the comedy. Tony-winnning Bea continued performing right up until recent years with her one-woman show, and her brilliant wit and caustic humor will never be matched. [Photo: WireImage]