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‘Golden Girl’ Bea Arthur Dies

The world just became a little less funny. Actress Bea Arthur, most well-known for her role as Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls, died Saturday at the age of 86. Arthur’s personal assistant called her a “brilliant and witty woman” and said she was suffering from cancer in her final days. The tall, deep-voiced woman who “had a way with a line,” also starred in All in the Family as Edith Bunker’s cousin, a role which grew into the spin-off Maude, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1977. She was no stranger to Broadway, and her Tony-winning performance as Vera Charles in Mame was called “a portrait in acid of a savagely witty, cynical and serpent-tongued woman.”