WATCH: On the 99th anniversary of Bea Arthur’s birth, watch her detail how to cook a leg of lamb
Beatrice Arthur, born 99 years ago today, will never be forgotten after leaving us with two classic television characters that live on: Maude Findlay on the 1972-78 sitcom Maude and Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls which ran from 1985-92.
One of my favorite theatrical experiences ever was seeing Miss Arthur perform her one woman show at the El Portal in North Hollywood back in 2004. Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook were sitting near us and a few rows away was Nancy Sinatra.
And onstage in her bare feet with Billy Goldenberg at the piano was Bea Arthur, a decade after The Golden Girls, reminding the world what a great Broadway star she had been. She won the Tony Award for Mame and had originated roles in Fiddler on the Roof and Three Penny Opera.
This one-woman show, Bea Arthur on Broadway–Just Between Friends, was Tony nominated for its 2002 Broadway run but Miss Arthur also had a successful national tour and had a run in Canada.
So, the opening of the show is so random and just delicious! Miss Arthur details for us how she prepares a leg of lamb for a small dinner party and for some reason – then and now – I find it so mesmerizing.
Maybe you will too.