What was her hairdresser thinking?!
Beatrice Arthur's hair at the 1981 Tony Awards.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||04/16/2019|
Bea was trying to hide her ciggie under the table.
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He was hoping she'd be spotted for a regional theater production of [italic]A Little Night Music.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/18/2019|
She was thinking that she couldn't possibly compete with Phyllis Hyman that night.
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|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/18/2019|
Bea and Patti that night.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/18/2019|
And Bea and Hal Linden.
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She's hiding a crew cut under there.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/18/2019|
He was attempting to draw the eye up and away from Bea's big ass and hips
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I hope the smoking troll doesn’t see the pix at R7.....
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/18/2019|
r7's pic shows that Bea smoked Benson & Hedges, the classy cigs!
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I like it
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The do on the Bea is a Miss!
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|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/18/2019|
Oh calm down, OP. It was the 80s. Hair was big in the 80s. It actually looks good. If you think this is bad, you should see some other 80s hair pics.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/18/2019|
Big hair was all the rage back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/18/2019|
Tina Turner totally rocked the big 80s hair. She looked fabulous with it.
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Patti looks gorgeous in that pic with Bea. Remember this was the year Patti sang "Buenos Aires" from Evita for the segment on musical leading ladies.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/18/2019|
That was her costume from The Floating Light Bulb, which she appeared in that season.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/18/2019|
It may be an early 80s, short-haired take on the old Gibson girl/Edwardian-era silhouette, which is wider than it is tall.
It seems like there was a brief revival of turn-of-the-century looks after the outrageous fashions of the early 70s but before the "glamorous" 80s, and this appears to be a hybrid of those styles. Dynasty premiered the next year.
The hairdresser said "let's do something feminine and glamorous" and Bea took a drag and said "let me know when you're done."
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/18/2019|
Shouldn't have she just wore a sign saying too ugly to live.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/18/2019|
“hairdresser” = tornado
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/18/2019|
She looks like she's ready to fly right out of there.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/18/2019|
She looks like Phyllis Diller.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/18/2019|
R21 I opened this thread hoping to see that very response. You did not disappoint!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/18/2019|
And to think you still complain about her wedding dress?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/18/2019|
That 'do is very 80s - Liz wore a similar coif ....
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/18/2019|
Yeah, but Liz actually looked good in it.
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I think she looks tremendous!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/18/2019|
^ oops, I see R14 beat me to it
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|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/18/2019|
Even Ann Miller went natural when she saw Bea's hair that year.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/18/2019|
Who says there was a hairdresser? I think she just stuck her head out the limo window and told the driver step on it!
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/18/2019|
in the 80s even if hair was relatively short it could still be big
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/20/2019|
I feel like this truly unique look was not given its hair-due. Please continue to speculate on what could have happened.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||04/14/2019|
My usual reply to comments about the styles and fashions of 40 years ago is "It was the '70s. You would have to have been there." Yes, I'm an eldergay. My reply to OP would have to be "It was the '80s. You would have to have been there."
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|by Anonymous||reply 38||04/14/2019|
She sure as hell didn’t rock the Sheena Easton hair do!
|by Anonymous||reply 39||04/14/2019|
1981 wasn’t really the 80s and big hair didn’t really catch on until around ‘84.
Lol the pic of Bea and John Noretti!
|by Anonymous||reply 40||04/14/2019|
She should have kept her hair natural, like mine.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/14/2019|
Pat Carroll is still alive and 91.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||04/14/2019|
1981 wasn’t really the 80s! Lmao!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 43||04/14/2019|
1980 and 1981 were still kind of a 70s hangover. Fashions, music etc. The 80s didn't really get started until '82.
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Oh get over your weird concept of what is and what isn’t 80s. You know shit.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||04/14/2019|
Because you know all the answers r45 lol!
|by Anonymous||reply 46||04/14/2019|
Curly perms were in style in the early '80s--like Barbra in A Star is Born. Big hair was big for quite a while. So were big shoulders on women. The Reagan era was Hollywood glitz and glamor. Bea was in style. Incidentally, I saw her once sometime in the '90s at a market in my neighborhood (Santa Monica). She was very tall (about 5'10" or 5'11") and was with another tall woman whom I didn't recognize (and I generally recognize actors). Bea looked like she'd had her face peeled because it was much lighter than the color of her neck. I wonder if the woman was her partner. I think I read on DL that Bea was a lesbian.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||04/14/2019|
I LOVE that look!
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|by Anonymous||reply 49||04/14/2019|
Bea’s hair looks lovely.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||04/14/2019|
I thought Bea would've smoked unfiltered Camels or Marlboro Reds, not the prissy Benson & Hedges.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||04/14/2019|
For every month in the 1980s the hair went up another half inch.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||04/14/2019|
Miss her so much....she was such a cool broad
|by Anonymous||reply 53||04/14/2019|
I think R20 hit it, with that hair and the neckline of that dress, coupled with the flower choker, I think she was clearly going with a modern take on the Gibson Girl look.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||04/14/2019|
[quote] What was her hairdresser thinking?!
Liz Taylor was wearing her hair (basically) like that in the 80s, too.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||04/14/2019|
I thought Bea only drove large trucks, barefoot.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||04/14/2019|
It's a pity Bea smoked so much, because her 70s facelift was excellent work for those times.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||04/14/2019|
I'd never look as silly as that.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||04/14/2019|
[quote]I thought Bea only drove large trucks
That was Large Marge.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||04/14/2019|
I wonder if Bea Arthur was considered for Large Marge. She would have been perfect and there were so many other big name cameos in that movie. Ann B. Davis also looked right at home in command of an 18-wheeler.
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R55 beat me to Liz's similar hairstyle =
|by Anonymous||reply 61||04/14/2019|
Because she lived so long, I've always assumed Bea quit smoking right before Golden Girls. I've also never seen her smoking in the Dorothy Zbornack aesthetic. She seemed to quit soon after Maude. I could be wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||04/14/2019|
Somebody around here has gotta know what Bea Aruthur was driving back in the day. I remember seeing it in several interviews with people close to her. They'd all end up telling some version of a story about how Bea would come to visit, driving her massive truck/suv, barefoot. Bea, like the Queen, must have forged a fondness for trucks during the war. In my head, Bea was tooling around in this... Sort of an early Escalade.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||04/14/2019|
Here's another photo of Elizabeth Taylor with a similar hair style.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||04/14/2019|
Looks like Grandma Trump’s hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||04/14/2019|
Bea smoked during the GG's run. I've seen pics of her smoking from that time. Not sure if she quit later on or not.
Rue smoked until the end, according to the recent Autopsy show on Reelz.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||04/14/2019|
All that windswept, touseled, flick-backed hair - do you think they were aiming for a short, middle-aged version of the Farrah Fawcett so of the late seventies?
Short - so it’s matron-appropriate - but still gets the benefit of the hairdresser’s artifice - and a ton of spray and whatever other product they can get in there... matronly glamour!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||04/14/2019|
Liz would get a laugh from you calling her matronly, then knee you in the crown jewels.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||04/14/2019|
Here's Bea at the finale.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||04/14/2019|
Looks dramatic and good with that dress.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||04/15/2019|
Defying gravity one strand at a time.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||04/15/2019|
[quote] Big hair was all the rage back then.
Saying all the rage was all the rage back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||04/15/2019|
I don't think she looks as awful as you all think. She looks like everyone that age in my parents wedding album which was 1983.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||04/15/2019|
BTW the 1981 Tonys opened with a horrific number saluting woman with a bunch of guys singing Nothing Like a Dame. It's on Youtube and it's cringe worthy.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||04/15/2019|
Celebrating the "Year of Women," were Richard Chamberlain, Jose Ferrer, Robert Goulet, Robert Klein, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Tony Roberts, Richard Thomas, Ben Vereen, and Billy Dee Williams.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||04/16/2019|
Rumor was Jason was loaded.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||04/16/2019|
Drunk loaded or rich loaded? I'd believe drunk before rich.
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