I came across this interview in the search for something else, but it’s a low-key interview with Bea Arthur by TV Speaks (this pre-dates 2002). One of my favorite actresses, she reminds me a lot of my grandma, and what’s interesting is that for such a remarkable comic, she is so subtle and modest in her public appearances.
In part of the interview, Bea is asked about her reactions to WWII. A YouTube viewer commented that at Bea’s funeral in September 2009, Bea’s sister Kay confirmed that indeed, she did join the Marines for a brief time during WWII. Though in what capacity, it’s unclear. What is also funny is that Bea Arthur was well into 80s in this interview (she died at the age of 86) and it’s funny to hear the interviewer mention shows and performers that Bea had long forgot about because things were things that happened 50 and 60 years ago.
Part 1 of the interview is posted below.
To see other interviews posted by TV Speaks, go to http://tvinterviewsarchive.blogspot.com.