Monday, April 27, 2009
a word on Bea Arthur
"Golden Girls" is one of my all-time favorite shows. I spent many an afternoon during college watching hours of reruns. Not only was the show hilarious, it was one-of-a-kind. Where else in pop culture do you see women of a certain age portrayed as anything but loony cat ladies or sexless grandmas? Dorothy and company lived it up well past the age most television characters even make it to.
And if you yourself are of a certain age, or are a television historian, you know that Ms. Arthur played Maude on the series of the same name. Killing two taboos with one stone, Maude got pregnant late in life AND decided to have an abortion. If you think that's controversial now, imagine how it played in the mid-seventies.