Many of my friends and family know about my obsessive love for old television sitcoms. I've forgotten how to multiply, but I can tell you, in great detail, about every single episode of most 70s/80s sitcoms. I do believe God gives each of us talent - some of us can sing like an angel, some can play a guitar like a pro, some can speak with minimal effort to large groups of people. My talent? I can tell you which Golden Girls episode is airing just by watching the first second of the show. Hey, that's a talent. Don't judge.
If you've been keeping up with the news lately, many of you are probably aware that Bea Arthur, aka Dorothy on the Golden Girls, passed away from cancer on Saturday. Although the news shouldn't have been shocking to me, it still gut punched me. I mean, she's 86, she's lived a long life, I knew it was coming. It still hurts, though.
How can I feel such a connection to a fictional person whom I've never met? When you watch a show for as many years as I have, it's hard not to connect on some level. Dorothy was my favorite character. She was sophisticated, intelligent, respectable, witty, loving and caring, and although she only played a character on a silly sitcom, I guarantee she possessed some of these qualities in real life. How could she not? No one can act that well.
So, it is with deep sadness that I submit this post to you. There was no way I could not post a tribute to one of the best actresses of all time. Dorothy/Maude/Bea - you will be greatly missed.
In closing, here's a video of Anna watching an episode of the Golden Girls. Think she's a fan already?
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