Bea Arthur

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Edward Hibbert Is Performing Live!

    You know him as Gil Chesterton on Frasier, an Obie-winner from Jeffrey, a Broadway scene-stealer in The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains, and from so many other credits. He's witty, wise, and a snappy dresser. And he's doing a live cabaret show which sounds like a must-see for urbane New Yorkers and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    When Rufus Wainwright Met Bea Arthur, It Wasn't Pretty

    Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright tells this story to friends: Ages ago, he was going through a rough, lonely, isolated, messy period, and Golden Girls airings always provided comfort for him. (Been there!)

  • Voice Choices

    April 11, 2012


    The Meeting is called to order

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Two Stars Have Turned Down Annie And One Was Turned Away!

    The producers of the upcoming Annie revival know that whoever plays the mean orphanage lady Miss Hannigan has to be even more memorable than fright wigs and eyes without pupils. Dorothy Loudon (above) originated the role and culminated her career with a brilliantly funny, witty performance that nab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Maude Is Back, On The Antenna Channel!

    ​Antenna is channel number 166 on my dial, but it's well worth the nosebleed. It's a treasure trove of old TV gems that fills the void left by the re-run channels that have horrifyingly moved up to '80s fare. Antenna resurrects the salty days of the small-screen's most arrestingly iconograph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    The Dead Celebrity Cookbook at MXYPLYZYK, Gift Suggestion #14

    ​The cookbook displayed in the window of MXYPLYZYK, against a backdrop of hamburger greeting cards and Ritz boxes. Help the Goth, Vamp, or just plain cynic on your list have a very morbid Christmas by picking up a copy of The Dead Celebrity Cookbook by radio personality and raconteur Frank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    You Can't Get Much Bigger and Gayer Than 4,000 Rhinestones

    Rebecca Marx​The picture you see above shows Sam Simon at work on the mural he's painting for the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. In the photo, Simon, a prolific painter and muralist, is adding detail to the cameo the unicorn wears around its neck. Eventually it will contain the likeness of Bea Arthur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Inspires Us

    ​Doug Quint handing out a Big Gay cone, way back in 2009 As you might have suspected, Fork in the Road owes a debt to the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck when it comes to selecting the name for this week's pop-up food blog, the Big Gay Food Blog. (In turn, we can't help suspecting that the BGICT's D ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 1, 2011

    JUDY, JUDY, JUDY . . .

    Say that a thousand times fast

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    Friday, Friday, Friday: time for five days' worth of moderate nostalgia: Our 10 Best Legal and Sort of Legal Picnic Spots. The Dutch's Naren Young discusses barrel-aging cocktails and stealing pickled ramp juice. Talking with Alex Alejandro of El Parador Café about salsas, customer demogra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    The Big Gay Ice Cream Shop Promises "Vast" Toppings, "Big, Bold Flavors" and Maybe a Bea Arthur Minotaur

    Rebecca MarxThe soft serve will flow.​When the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop opens sometime in June, it will be the brick-and-mortar manifestation not only of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck but also the way that stars, against all odds, sometimes magically align.

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Returns Next Tuesday

    Rebecca MarxBehold, the Bea Arthur.​In case today's weather and the plans of various restaurants to spawn outdoor seating didn't convince you, here's yet more evidence that spring finally seems to be upon us: according to its Twitter feed, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck is returning to the street ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 16, 2011


    One man's search for his funnybone

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Betty White Is Now a Comic Book!

    ​Is there anything this old broad can't do? The only surviving Golden Girl, 88-year-old Betty will be featured in the Female Force comic-book series available in late November, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) per the request of Betty her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Will Throw a Good-Bye Party Next Friday

    Bea you next year...​"Ice cream trucks," Doug Quint once told us, "are meant to go away for the winter." So on Oct. 31, he's closing up the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck for the season.

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Some Pictures from Saturday's 2010 Vendy Awards

    ​Not only do the Guerrilla Ice Cream guys make excellent ice cream, they know how to juggle, too. Both the sun and the crowds turned out in force for the sixth-annual Vendy Awards, which were held on Saturday on Governors Island. Some twelve hundred people showed up to patronize 18 food truck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Chatting With The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck's Doug Quint: Keeping Cool, Neil Gaiman, and a New Golden Girls-Inspired Flavor

    Donny TsangDoug Quint plies his wares.​Yesterday, we spoke with Doug Quint, the endlessly amiable co-proprietor of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Today, our conversation continues, as Quint enlightens us about staying cool, Neil Gaiman's ice cream cone, and his newest Golden Girls-inspired creat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2010

    Hot In Cleveland Is The New Golden Girls

    ​I just realized it! TV Land's new hit sit-com is basically a revamp of Golden Girls, but with slightly different age brackets. Watch an episode and you'll soon enough realize that tart-tongued Wendy Malick is basically the modern day Bea Arthur.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    RIP, Rue McClanahan

    ​She's gone. Rue McClanahan, who so memorably vamped it up as the narcissistic but lovable Southern belle Blanche on Golden Girls, is now in the sit-com land in the sky.

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2009


    Mary, mother of Broadway

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    ​19-year-old Caleb Lacey wanted to be a fireman. He volunteered for the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department in Long Island. He seemed to enjoy the work. Now he stands accused of arson and second-degree murder. Elizabeth Dwoskin has the story. You knew before it dropped there'd be backlash o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Bea Arthur's Big, Brash Memorial

    ​The late Bea Arthur loved to eat hard boiled eggs with tabasco sauce, according to her Maude daughter Adrienne Barbeau at Bea's gala memorial yesterday. And that's absolutely perfect since Bea was a hard boiled egg with tabasco sauce!

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    The "Delicious" Bea Arthur Remembered

    Some of the biggest names in 1960s-80s showbiz were at the Majestic Theater today for the geriatric alternative to Fashion Week: a memorial to Bea Arthur, who passed away this April from cancer at the age of 86. Hundreds of theater and TV bigwigs shuffled their walkers into the rows for an "afternoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    A Trannie and a Muscleman

    ​No, that's not who I had over for dinner last night. It's the wacky duo I saw performing at a downtown nightclub in a saucy act described in my fabulash new column! (CLICK HERE to read all about it.) Once you've recovered your sanity, the column also touches on other not-for-prime-time items ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 1, 2009

    Gossip About Avatar, Fame, and Antichrist!

    Fame, the musical is watered-down, unlike von Trier's Antichrist.

  • Voice Choices

    August 18, 2009


    The Venn Diagrams’ uncommon cabaret

  • Voice Choices

    July 28, 2009


    The Golden Girl drops it like it's hot

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    A Tribute To Bea Arthur!

    The downtown kids loved Bea Arthur, who stylishly ripped people a new anus as Maude, continued to do so in different caftans in the perpetually re-running Golden Girls, and even survived the sad movie of Mame. So here comes God'll Getcha For That: A Bea Arthur Tribute at Dixon Place on July 31, fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    Dancing With The Stars' Gay Faux Pas!

    That very mess is richly described in this week's column [CLICK HERE], along with these other bitter pills to swallow: *A talk show host seems to confuse me with Larry Craig *Golden Girl Rue McClanahan reveals what Bea Arthur called Betty White *Comic Judy Gold makes fun of that deaf Oscar winner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Make The Dying Stop!

    2009 will surely go down as the dyingest year in celebrity history, when the only gossip about stars was that they'd suddenly stopped breathing. It's only July, and so far we've already lost the lustrous likes of:

  • Theater

    May 20, 2009

    Obies 2009: Saying Goodbye to Tom O'Horgan, Paul Sills, and More

    To recall some great theater artists gone this year means looking at why we make theater

  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2009


    The Golden Girls meet Lance Bass

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Bea Arthur's Boobies

    This eye popping 1991 artwork by John Currin was unearthed by my friend Vodka Stinger in a random google image search of late Golden Girl Beatrice Arthur. I have no idea why Bea's knockers are hanging out in the painting, but I'm glad they never did a similar portrait of Abe Vigoda. If that's not e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    A Guide to the Voice Blogs

    While we cherish the attendance of our dozens of readers as well as the helpful advice of our commenters (e.g., "Get your facts straight," "MORE MSM LIES"), we feel obliged to remind you that ours is not the only blog under the Voice umbrella, and suggest you check out our colleagues, who are at lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson YouTube Treasure

    Golden Girl Bea Arthur and golden boy Rock Hudson are both gone, but their wit lives on forver in this old TV clip that puts the two of them together for a rousing rendition of "Everybody Today Is Turning On," a rollicking paean to the days when "Amil Nitrate was some guy's name" and someone "push ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Remembering Bea Arthur with Lamb, Booze and Recreational Drugs

    LA Weekly has a great piece about Bea Arthur, who passed away this weekend, and her leg-of-lamb bit, which was part of her Bea Arthur On Broadway: Just Between Friends one-woman show. Although it's a little off topic, we couldn't resist posting this great video of the husky Golden Girl singing "Puff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Bea Arthur, 1922-2009

    Bea Arthur, who passed this weekend, was best known for her TV work as Maude and as Dorothy on The Golden Girls, for which she won Emmys, but she was also a stage veteran who played Lucy Brown in the famous Theatre De Lys production of The Threepenny Opera -- her booming, wised-up voice can be heard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Bea Arthur, RIP

    Alan LightNobody could do a slow burn like Bea Arthur, the hilarious comic actress who was the anything but tranquilizin' right-on Maude and later the witheringly sarcastic Dorothy on The Golden Girls. With her wicked wit, Bea pushed envelopes while making audiences think and scream with laughter at ... More >>

  • Film

    February 4, 2009
  • Columns

    November 5, 2008

    Gossip About Pamela Anderson, Madonna, and The Facts of Life!

    The non-dish on Nancy McKeon; the worst recession sale in town.

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2008

    Trend Alert: Starlets Without Surgery or Eating Disorders

    Get ready for a big Bea Arthur comeback!

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    Schlock stars destroy Dreamgirls

    This week's YouTube treasure is a pop culture horror that bears repeat viewing, and not just to punish yourself for not caring if Hillary beats Obama. A version of the Dreamgirls song "We are a Family" by various NBC stars on a 1986 special to commemorate the network's 60th anniversary, it's a slow ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2005

    Born Again

    When it comes to the abortion issue, TV shows are where they were 30 years ago.

  • Columns

    February 15, 2005
  • Theater

    January 18, 2005

    Gay In Good Health

    What happens when a mainstream musical meets one of America's most beloved outsiders?

  • Columns

    February 26, 2002
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    February 26, 2002
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    February 19, 2002
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    January 22, 2002
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