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MAUDE Bea Arthur DVD update!

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#1 of 20 Andrew Budgell

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Posted October 04 2005 - 08:54 AM

No release date as of now, but it looks like it will be released!

Fabulous Bea

The actress will chat and sing Saturday at the Historic Elsinore Theatre

Statesman Journal

October 3, 2005

She raised our consciousness in "Maude," tickled our funny bones in "The Golden Girls" and regaled Broadway in shows such as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Mame" over more decades than she cares to remember.

But actress Bea Arthur, 82, has more tales to tell, and she'll be doing it at the Historic Elsinore Theatre on Saturday in "An Evening with Bea Arthur and Billy Goldenberg at the Piano."

The Tony and Emmy award-winning actress shares a few songs, a few laughs and a few anecdotes in a show that made it to Broadway in 2002 and has toured ever since.

If you had asked her do an autobiographical (and-then-I-did-this) kind of show, Arthur wouldn't have been happy.

"I would have said, 'Oh God no; you'd bore the hell out of everyone,' " she said.

"I guess the thing I really worked on in this show is not boring people."

That's seems an unnecessary concern for a woman who once said, "My training is total; I've done everything but stag movies and rodeos."

Arthur, who received a Tony nomination for the production, credits its inception to accompanist Goldenberg, a composer and musical director who did the scores for the films "Play it Again Sam" and "Red Sky in the Morning" and wrote the show "Ballroom."

"Billy has always said, 'Let's do a one-woman show, you and me and a bit of singing,' " Arthur said by phone from her California home.

Arthur, perhaps a surprise to her TV fans, won a Tony for the stage musical "Mame," playing tart-tongued Vera Charles, and was a show-stealer as the matchmaker Yente in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof." She also played Lucy Brown in "The Threepenny Opera."

"We started by putting songs together, a few songs we liked," Arthur said. "Then I just started talking.

"So now it turns out to be 90 minutes. It's wonderful. It's not just completely autobiographical.

"It's an entertainment where there are highs and lows, things like that. The audiences have been delicious.

"It's so nice. I get such a warm feeling when I come out on stage. I feel they know me."

They should, after "The Golden Girls," the Miami Beach-setsitcom about four older women sharing a home, which aired from 1985 to 1992, and the earlier "Maude," the groundbreaking tale of a feisty feminist, which ran from 1972 to 1978.

The quintessential Arthur persona became known early on, as critic Richard Watts Jr. wrote in the New York Post in 1966, describing her in "Mame," oppositelongtime friend Angela Lansbury in the title role:

"Miss Arthur presents a portrait in acid of a savagely witty, cynical and serpent-tongued woman who is at once a terror, a scourge, the relentless voice of truth and a pleasure to have around," he wrote.

That, more or less, has stuck with the deep-voiced actress for years, although she insists there is a different Arthur.

Asked to describe the real Arthur, she paints a different picture.

"I would have described me as a peasant," Arthur said. "I don't like pretension, and I don't like to have to get my hair and clothes done for parties.

"I like to hang around, barefoot, with my dog (a doberman)."

An activist for many issues, including animal rights and AIDS causes, Arthur even declines to be called a Maude.

The program spun off from "All in the Family." She had been recruited by friend and producer Norman Lear to play Maude Findlay, a liberal matron who was the polar opposite of bigot Archie Bunker.

"Maude" pushed the envelope, dealing with issues such as abortion (Maude got one), race relations, marijuana laws and pornography.

"I have never been that politically inclined," Arthur said. "Of course, I like to think I'm politically informed. I do that with animal rights, the plight of foster children."

But she wasn't like Maude, whom she called "the Joan of Arc of feminists."

"Maude" will be released on DVD, although no release date is available yet.

"The Golden Girls" teamed Arthur with a formidable set of actresses: Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty.

"We did some terrific work, we really did," Arthur said. "One friend accused me of turning sitcom into an art form. That's what we did.

"We did it in front of a live audience. There were four cameras."

The sitcom still endures in reruns on the Lifetime network and continues to redefine the image of an older woman.

"They had sex lives, they were coiffed, they were well-groomed," Arthur said. "They had lives."

As with "Maude," Arthur decided to leave at the height of the success of "The Golden Girls."

Both shows ended with her departure, although the latter was briefly succeeded by "The Golden Palace," set in a Miami Beach hotel.

Arthur still turns up on television on occasion, in guest roles on shows including "Malcolm in the Middle," "Futurama" and "Dave's World."

Her most recent appearance, much to her chagrin, was in the "Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson." Arthur was drafted for the show on the basis that both she and Anderson are active in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

"I must excuse myself," Arthur said. "This was very dirty.

"I didn't think it was funny," she said of the profanity.

Otherwise, television rarely is on her radar.

"I must tell you, I don't watch much TV," Arthur said. "I watch all the news shows; I like the old movies. I watch 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'The Daily Show.' "

After a lengthy career, she feels little motivation to pursue more than occasional roles and do her touring show.

"Success is no longer a motivation," she said.

Asked what was her favorite accomplishment in a career that stretches back to the 1940s, Arthur readily replied, " 'The Threepenny Opera' was to me, the highlight of my life.

"That was in 1954."

Then she quickly added, "Oh my God! I've been around so long."

#2 of 20 Russ Felton

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Posted October 04 2005 - 01:56 PM

I don't know about anybody else on this forum, but a Maude DVD Set is so mine when it gets released. I have most of them on old vidoetapes that don't look so hot. I hope they announce a date soon.


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Posted October 04 2005 - 02:05 PM

...and then there's MAUDE!

I guess fans of this show, Golden Girls, and All in the Family fans will be happy.

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Posted October 04 2005 - 02:15 PM

I've only seen a few episodes of the show, and that was maybe four or five years ago. I'd be interested; I love Maude on All In The Family, and her two episodes were the primary reason I bought the second season of that show.
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Posted October 04 2005 - 03:35 PM

I'm definitely buying it whenever it may hit the shelves.

#6 of 20 David Rain

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Posted October 04 2005 - 04:25 PM

Lady Godiva was a freedom rider,
she didn't care if the whole world looked.
Joan of Arc, with the lord to guide her,
she was a sister who really cooked.
Isadora was the first bra burner
Ain't ya glad she showed up?
And when the country was falling apart
Betsy Ross got it all sewed up
And then there's Maude
that old compromisin, enterprisin' anything but tranquilizin'

Right on Maude!
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#7 of 20 Elena S

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Posted October 04 2005 - 04:58 PM

Lady Godiva was a freedom rider...

Thanks for posting the theme song lyrics! Love the song and the show. Bea Arthur was tailor-made for the role.

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Posted October 04 2005 - 05:55 PM

Well who do I write to? Posted Image

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Posted October 05 2005 - 03:15 AM

Right on Maude! This show is wonderful, hilarious and a must-own DVD.

#10 of 20 Brian Himes

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Posted October 05 2005 - 04:00 AM

This set is SO mine when it comes out. I've been waiting for it for a long time now.

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Posted January 17 2006 - 12:31 PM

It would be great if Bea did a couple of commentaries!

#12 of 20 Paul Miller

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Posted January 17 2006 - 12:52 PM

I saw my first glimpse of Maude on the All in the Family Marathon on TV Land and it looks really interesting. I may have to make this a blind buy first season purchase.


#13 of 20 David Rain

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Posted January 17 2006 - 04:38 PM

I am worried about the potential sales for this series. First, it is mainly remembered by older viewer whom I suspect buy a lot less DVD's than younger generations. Hence the sales problems with older-skewing shows such as MTM, Larry Sanders & Mad About You. That worries me.

Plus, it's been hard for viewers of any age to discover/re-discover this show as it hasn't been played in reruns as much as so many other shows. TV Land aired some (if not all) of the eps a while back. But that's the first time I can remember this show being properly shown again. Despite it's near-legendary status thanks to it's star, it's subject matter and best of all . . . the theme song.

Maude . . . "she was a sister who really cooked."
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#14 of 20 Malcolm R

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Posted January 18 2006 - 09:48 AM

How are the "Golden Girls" sets selling? I'd imagine they have much the same audience.
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Posted January 18 2006 - 02:41 PM

[During Florida's interview for the maid job]
Florida Evans: Now, the first week'll be on a trial basis.
Maude Findlay: Oh, Florida, don't be ridiculous, you're not on trial.
Florida Evans: I know - you are.

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Posted January 18 2006 - 03:06 PM

Honestly, I'm surprised Archie Bunker's Place ended up releasing before Maude. I was hoping for a mutual release day, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
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Posted January 18 2006 - 04:01 PM

I can't wait for Maude, I taped a bunch when Nick at Night (TV Land) ran them a year or two ago, but they only ran about 12 of the episodes. I think Bea is just great, she's awesome on the Broadway cast MAME cd, and was great in the movie Mame (the only redememing factor). I got to see her in Minneapolis about 3 years ago, and she's still as funny as ever. I will definately be buying Maude. I am also anxious for Archie Bunker's Place, because I never got to see the episodes where Edith passed.

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Posted January 18 2006 - 10:16 PM

I remember MAUDE from when I was a kid, so I'll probably buy the first season just to see how it holds up.

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Posted January 19 2006 - 07:07 AM

Maude on DVD? Oh, HELL NO! No Bea for me! Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted January 19 2006 - 07:46 AM

Quote : "I am also anxious for Archie Bunker's Place, because I never got to see the episodes where Edith passed."

Hope you will not be disappointed but Edith passed off screen . The episode about Edith's death was about
Archie accepting her death. The show starts sometime after the funeral where Archie is telling the insurance people to send the check to Gloria in California He wants nothing to do with the money ( Mike and Gloria do not appear) We find out that Edith died in her sleep. Archie does not grieve for her. The people in the bar are concerned about this. Archie does not react until he finds Edith's slipper in his bedroom.
Carroll O'Connor's acting is superb.

I believe Jean Stapleton was asked to come back but declined to come back just to die. The death did not take place until Season 2 .