I had the privilege of seeing Bea Arthur perform on Broadway in "Mame." (I was very young.) It played at the Winter Garden, with Celeste Holm as Mame (originally played by Angela Lansbury). Story here.
Emmy Award-winning actress Bea Arthur, best known as star of the hit TV comedies "Maude" and "Golden Girls," has died at age 86, entertainment news websites reported on Saturday.
Arthur, a longtime stage actress whose comic timing and deadpan delivery were a perfect fit for her sharp-tongued roles on the two series, died of cancer at her Los Angeles home, celebrity website TMZ reported. . . .