When I was a little Rockit, I wanted to grow up to be like Maude. And then I hoped that I would be like Dorothy Szbornak when I got older. In real life, Bea was also inspiring. She was a medical technician during World War II, a passionate activist for gay rights and an animal welfare champion. Bea enjoyed reading, gardening, collecting antique furniture and gourmet cooking.
Here are a few cool Bea quotes to celebrate her life:
After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.
I'm not playing a role. I'm being myself, whatever the hell that is.
Now this goes to the grave with you—I hate cheesecake!
On Maude: Its bold storylines about race, abortion, feminism and drugs would have the typical 2007 network executive balled up in a corner, cradling old Touched by an Angel tapes.