Bea Arthur

Betty White, who so memorably played Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls opposite Arthur, gave this statement to 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.”

Angela Lansbury, who co-starred with Arthur in Mame on Broadway, released this statement (via ET Online): “Bea Arthur and I first met when we did ‘Mame’ together in 1965. She became and has remained ‘My Bosom Buddy’ ever since. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but also relieved that she is released from the pain. I spoke to Matt, her son, yesterday and I was aware that her time was imminent. She was a rare and unique performer and a dear, dear friend.”

Mitchell Hurwitz, creator of Arrested
Development
, who worked with Arthur when he was a writer-producer for The Golden Girls, tells EW exclusively:
“I really loved her — and gained so much from working with her. She was deeply supportive of me at the start of my career. Her warmth wasn’t superficial — it was genuine and bespoke true compassion.  And it was this same inner sweetness that made her comedy so real and touching, and made her such an inspiration.”

from: http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/04/beatrice-arthur.html

Kidney update.

They are still large but they are not getting bigger and they are the correct shape. The bladder is working properly. That’s all. I go back in 1 month for more pictures.

Kurt and I pretty much stalk him via ultrasound. Every appointment, every single appointment. It is always nice to see him.