She died of cancer at age 86. By having the good fortune and good sense to appear in smartly scripted sitcoms, Bea Arthur helped redefine the image of women on television and in society as more than just eye candy: she brought her talent to roles as diverse as a liberal feminist in Maude, and as a vibrant senior in The Golden Girls.
R.I.P. Bea Arthur
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