Bea Arthur: Assisted Her Mother In Suicide, Was A Fabulous Drunk!



In 1998, Bea Arthur did an interview with A&U magazine (Art & Understanding - a periodical dealing with HIV & AIDS) where Bea tried to make sense of disease and death and claimed she wasn’t a spiritual person. She told the interviewer: “I’m even wondering now whether cancer for instance is not just a way of keeping things in balance. You know what I mean…So many people are being born. We’re getting so overpopulated. It’s so scary and so immoral.” Bea also told the interviewer that if she had not been in showbiz she would most likely be running a hospice. In her own life, Bea Arthur had made the decision to assist her blind and deaf Mother in her suicide. Bea added, “She really just wanted out…you do what you have to do.” When asked how she felt about death, she replied “I think of it as peace.”


Bea addressed her fondness for alcohol in a Toronto Star interview, saying "I believe that you’re here on Earth for a short time, and while you’re here, you shouldn’t forget it. I always remember that line from Mame: ‘Life’s a banquet, and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death.’ Do I look like I’m hungry? Or thirsty?"

This is gettin good…

I was sent the above photograph when I wrote Bea a fan letter in the early 80’s.  I was lucky enough to spend some time with her in the late 90’s, and she amazed me with her (bowing with respect) crass mouth and her capacity for booze.  She murdered 3/4 of a bottle of Absolut Citron, in about 45 minutes.  How do I know?  I kept the bottle.  Even pasted a tabloid picture of Bea from that night.  Barefoot on the streets of London - Dahlicious.  She was about ready to kick me in the crotch when I mentioned a tabloid article about her consulting a psychic to speak to her dead friend Charles Pierce.  ”No! Don’t be ridiculous!”, she said.  But meant so much more.

So, why did Bea think Betty was a cunt?

Rue McClanahan in TV Guide:

Last year, Golden Girls creator Susan Harris saluted Betty White at an event celebrating Betty’s sixty years in show business and the two women openly discussed Bea’s intense dislike for Betty. What was that all about?

They approached life very differently. Bea came from a New York stage point of view. She always had what we call the fourth wall. And Betty came from a television point of view. She would flirt with the audience, and pull her skirt up and say, ‘Hi sailor.’ But Bea never acknowledged the audience. I always thought that was maybe part of it. But Bea never confided in me why she felt the way she did about Betty. It could be something Bea never confided in me. Betty always asked me, ‘Why?’ And I’d always say, ‘You know how Bea is, Betty. Bea gets a bee in her bonnet, and just doesn’t like certain things…and I don’t know why.’ Bea, for instance, didn’t like people who wore their baseball caps backwards. That really got to her. We were interviewing directors one time and if someone came in with a baseball cap worn backwards, he didn’t stand a chance.

Bea left the Ali Forney Center, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth, $300,000.00.

Does anyone remember when Bea was on Judge Judy?

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Posted on 24 April, 2013

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