Bea. Real.

It's a sad day at S&C HQ. I just heard the news that one of my favorite people of all time has passed away: Bea Arthur.

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.

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