I know I’m a few days late to be talking about dear departed Bea, but let me just add to the fray that I hope we won’t forget about her successful broadway career that was well under way before she hit the small screen. This included playing Lucy in Marc Blitztein’s 1956 American production of The Threepenny Opera.
Additionally, I’ll nominate what I consider to be the best Dorothy episodes of the GG’s:
“Stan Takes a Wife” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja5B7z4cbmI
“Love Me Tender” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjj_LRUOu5Y
“Sick and Tired”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCyvJ9gZYKU
Choosing Dorothy’s best episodes is naturally an exercise in futility — they were all her best. I know it’s sacrilege to say this about a show with the best ensemble cast ever, but the show really was about Dorothy. Her relationship with Sophia and Stan really defined so many episodes and her wedding at the end of the series is what ended the show.
So sniff, swig and puff one for Bea — her cares are gone now.