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‘Bea Arthur’ Who Danced Fernando With Dewey, Dies

Beatrice Arthur, or Bea for short, star of the 70s sitcom Maude and the 80s series The Golden Girls died Saturday, April 25. She was 86. Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side. She had cancer.

We know her as Dewey’s babysitter in the episode 1×16 Water Park, which won her an American Comedy Award and an Emmy nomination. VC member Rich put together the above tribute video with clips from Water Park. Thanks Rich!

April 28th, 2009 tjpeople About: Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey),General,The Cast

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  • I've made a Beatrice Arthur tribute clip on the basis of all her scenes in the MITM episiode "Water Park". The ending has now become especially poignant ....

    You can pick it up here:

    http://www.filefactory.com/file/agec...Bea_Arthur_wmv

    Warning: it's a little more than 26 MBs, but I wanted to keep the quality high.

    Rich
  • Thanks for posting this Rich. Sad news, I didn't know her from her other work, but she was great in MITM. Really nice work with the video, if you don't mind I'd like to post this on the front page and include your video.
  • Quote:
    Originally Posted by tjpeople View Post
    Thanks for posting this Rich. Sad news, I didn't know her from her other work, but she was great in MITM. Really nice work with the video, if you don't mind I'd like to post this on the front page and include your video.
    Wow, TJ, I'd never thought of that! It would be an honour, that's for sure! I don't think there's any risk of video deletions due to copyright problems on our site, is there?!

    So yes, please do. It'd be great to refer other fans to the tribute on our site. Who knows what positive feedback it might get from people outside our MITM circle?!

    Rich
  • Quote:
    Originally Posted by Richiepiep View Post
    I don't think there's any risk of video deletions due to copyright problems on our site, is there?!
    Well we had some issues with our host, but no, not really.
  • By the way, I still wonder if the final scene of the Water Park-babysitter episode is inspired by this French classic short from 1956 (!), Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon) by Albert Lamorisse, the Frenchman who also happens to be the inventor of the game Risk, originally titled La Conquête du Monde.

    Fragment from "Le Ballon Rouge" (1956)

    (The entire version of this extremely well-crafted and poetic movie (34 mins.) can be seen elsewhere on Dailymotion.com and Google Video)

    It's not as far-fetched as it may seem: it won the 1957 Oscar for best screenplay (in the feature category!), and must have inspired whole generations of American schoolchildren (and traumatized some ) as thousands of prints were distributed to elementary schools across the country.

    The kid (the director's son Pascal) looks a bit like Dewey too ...

    Rich
  • Unexpected to happen in my view, it's sad.

    Rest in peace.

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