The challenge? To come up with Halloween costume ideas using silver temporary spray-on hair color. Inspired by Fright Night Cosmetics's Spooky Silver shade and Sally Beauty's Streaks N Tips highlight spray in either Icy White or Platinum ($4 each), here are 10 sterling-haired costume ideas for all your partying needs.
If you need some words of Bea Arthur's wisdom, and Bea Arthur's Mountains Pizza isn't enough, try That's What Bea Said. It's full of quotes, mostly from the Golden Girls so really it's Dorothy, like "I'm Dorothy Zbornak. I'm beautiful, men find me desirable and people want to be my friend." Or, "I have a place for your monkey, Stan..." That's what Bea said.
We've been counting down the biggest headlines of 2009, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. Read on to take a look back at some of the stories that created the most buzz throughout the year.
Just two days into the year, John Travolta and Kelly Preston suffered the devastating loss of their son, Jett Travolta, after complications from a seizure. Michael Jackson's highly publicized death almost overshadowed the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon, who died within days of each other at the end of June. Beloved actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer in September, after a lengthy and courageous fight. Bea Arthur, meanwhile, passed in April at the age of 86, and director John Hughes suffered a fatal heart attack in August. Legendary senator Ted Kennedy also died that month after his own fight against cancer.
Two deaths seemed particularly out of the blue — DJ AM overdosed in August after surviving a plane crash and overcoming drugs during a previous battle with addiction, and Natasha Richardson died in March after a tragic ski accident. The most recent star to be gone too soon is Brittany Murphy, who died last weekend at her LA home. Our hearts go out to all of those who lost a loved one this year, and the memories of these celebrities will certainly live on through their work.
In the wake of Bea Arthur's death, much has been written about Arthur's contribution to groundbreaking TV shows that focused on powerful women and the process of aging. One interesting question is whether a television show like The Golden Girls would ever make today's TV lineup. A USA Today writer muses:
There are stars who, when they leave, you realize how far we've come. With Arthur, sad to say, you realize how far we've regressed; there's no way Maude or Golden Girls gets on the air on any of the broadcast networks today. In an era in which networks cater to young viewers and kowtow to advertisers, everything about those shows would be a no-go, from the age of their stars to their no-holds-barred, no-sacred-cows style.
That's a sad sentiment, and I'm wondering if you think it's true. We have some evidence that it may be, as original Brothers and Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz has charged that his show came to focus too much on youth and less on the older cast members. But shows like The Golden Girls and The Odd Couple once showed that aging could be both graceful and hilarious. Do you think a show starring an older cast could have a shot at success in today's entertainment climate?
I remember being on the subway one day eavesdropping on a conversation. A man in his early 20s was telling a woman he was with that when he was younger, no show could annoy his father more than the pioneering '70s show Maude, starring Bea Arthur, who passed away April 25 at the age of 87.
Bea Arthur's character, Maude, was the polar opposite of her television cousin, subservient Edith Bunker of All in the Family. No wonder your average man would feel threatened by Maude — she identified as a feminist (a first for television?), she had a commanding, sarcastic manner, and she didn't suffer fools gladly. Maude, the show, tackled issues like abortion, the Vietnam War, and divorce.
Arthur went on to reprise her popularity as an icon (this time, as a hip older woman) in the more lighthearted (but no less feminist) series The Golden Girls, beloved by women and gay men alike. In the following video, she shows she continued to be a badass by starring in a geriatric version of Sex and the City, which, if you think of it, was simply the younger-woman version of The Golden Girls! Talented, tough, funny — and not above making fun of herself. You will be missed, Bea!
I was heartbroken to learn that Bea Arthur died this weekend in her LA home at the age of 86. Already the Web is overflowing with tributes to the distinguished comedic actress, which says so much about her great talent. Reading through some of them, I realize that an entire generation came to know and love her as Maude Findlay. Some even remember her for her stage accomplishments, for which she won a Tony Award.
For me, though, she was the razor-sharp, doting daughter to Sofia on The Golden Girls. Just thinking about the character Dorothy brings a smile to my face, and even when I watched the show as a kid it was clear that only someone of enormous talent could make a character that prickly so likable and hilarious.
In addition to the tributes, it's heart-wrenching to read statements from those who knew her best. Betty White, who played Rose on Golden Girls, told Entertainment Tonight: "I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much. I'm so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life."
It's so sad she's gone and amazing how many lives and generations she touched. After the jump, I've included one of my favorite Dorothy and Sofia clips to remember them by. To watch, read more
Bea Arthur passed away today at her LA home with family by her side. The actress best known as Dorothy on The Golden Girls was 86 years old and had been battling cancer. Dan Watt, Bea's personal assistant and family spokesman said, "She was a brilliant and witty woman. Bea will always have a special place in my heart." Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.
Lore has it that this Star Wars holiday television special was so embarrassingly weird that George Lucas had it pulled almost as soon as it aired. How weird you ask? Well, it guest stars Bea Arthur of Maude fame dancing with drunken aliens down in the coolest dive bar in the galaxy; Chewbacca's family (that's right — furry dude has a family!); and Lola Falana showing up in a halo of lavender light to wish you happy holidays. I think this thing was sponsored by LSD. Warning: You will get a contact high. (Thanks, Yum!)
Some people say that Sex and the City had an older (in more ways than one) precursor: The Golden Girls. Carrie is to Dorothy (Bea Arthur) as Samantha is to Blanche (Rue McClanahan), etc. Well, I tell you what, I would almost rather see this following version than the upcoming movie! There's Lady Bea, Sally Struthers, Mrs. Garrett from Facts of LIfe and others! I'm dying over here. This made my day. (Thanks, Jezebel!)