Oh Bea Arthur, the brassy lady who wouldn't take shit as a young woman and took even less of it as an older one; the woman who taught us that sex as a Golden Girl could outshine any Carrie was getting from Mister Big; the woman who taught us that 47-year-olds could get pregnant and that condom shopping is awkward at any age--how we'll miss her! (Maybe not as much as the gays, but as a feminist, my hat is off to that elegant and funny gal.) Let's remember her at her best: gently mocking others.
In 2006, Bea Arthur roasted Pamela Anderson by reading aloud sections Pam's "novel" "Star Struck." But before she did she gave this intro:
"I want to honor Pam for her literary achievements. You see I've just finished reading her new novel, 'Star Struck.' Very very...it's a terrific book. The story concerns a blond very large breasted actress, surprisingly named Star, who becomes actively involved with a tattoo rocker and gets involved in a sex tape scandal, Pam where do you come up with this?!"
I'm only glad we could give her one last NSFW rating.