Bea Arthur, accepting her Emmy for "The Golden Girls". A staple of my Saturday nights as a kid.

Bea Arthur, accepting her Emmy for "The Golden Girls". A staple of my Saturday nights as a kid.

If you have ever seen Bea Arthur, comedic genius, as Dorothy Zbornak  on "The Golden Girls," you'll realize: it's me.

If you have ever seen Bea Arthur, comedic genius, as Dorothy Zbornak on "The Golden Girls," you'll realize: it's me.

Bea Arthur (May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009) A truly gifted actress, comedian and singer... The planet just got less funny when you left. RIP

Bea Arthur (May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009) A truly gifted actress, comedian and singer... The planet just got less funny when you left. RIP

A TOP PIN! - Staff Sergeant Bea Arthur, United States Marine Corps, 1943 – 1945  While the Marine Corps might seem an unlikely place for a future Golden Girl, Bea Arthur apparently served in the Corps for 30 months as a truck driver and typist. She was one of the initial recruits to the Women’s Reserve and rose TO the rank of Staff Sergeant during her World War II service.

A TOP PIN! - Staff Sergeant Bea Arthur, United States Marine Corps, 1943 – 1945 While the Marine Corps might seem an unlikely place for a future Golden Girl, Bea Arthur apparently served in the Corps for 30 months as a truck driver and typist. She was one of the initial recruits to the Women’s Reserve and rose TO the rank of Staff Sergeant during her World War II service.

Mame - Fr-enemies Mame Dennis (Angela Lansbury) and Vera Charles (Bea Arthur) sing about their long and rocky friendship in "Bosom Buddies".

Mame - Fr-enemies Mame Dennis (Angela Lansbury) and Vera Charles (Bea Arthur) sing about their long and rocky friendship in "Bosom Buddies".

Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan. 'Dorothy, Rose & Blanche', always golden girls.

Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan. 'Dorothy, Rose & Blanche', always golden girls.

Bea Arthur--Amazonian woman of lazer wit and bone-dry humor. I fully understand that if I were a Golden Girl, it would be Dorothy; and I am proud of this fact.

Cher is back on the charts with ‘Woman’s World’

Bea Arthur--Amazonian woman of lazer wit and bone-dry humor. I fully understand that if I were a Golden Girl, it would be Dorothy; and I am proud of this fact.

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