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Beatrice Arthur's hair at the 1981 Tony Awards.

What was her hairdresser thinking?!

by Anonymousreply 7704/16/2019

Bea was trying to hide her ciggie under the table.

by Anonymousreply 102/18/2019

"That bitch!"

by Anonymousreply 202/18/2019

He was hoping she'd be spotted for a regional theater production of [italic]A Little Night Music.

by Anonymousreply 302/18/2019

She was thinking that she couldn't possibly compete with Phyllis Hyman that night.

by Anonymousreply 402/18/2019


by Anonymousreply 502/18/2019

Bea and Patti that night.

by Anonymousreply 602/18/2019

And Bea and Hal Linden.

by Anonymousreply 702/18/2019

She's hiding a crew cut under there.

by Anonymousreply 802/18/2019

He was attempting to draw the eye up and away from Bea's big ass and hips

by Anonymousreply 902/18/2019

I hope the smoking troll doesn’t see the pix at R7.....

by Anonymousreply 1002/18/2019

r7's pic shows that Bea smoked Benson & Hedges, the classy cigs!

by Anonymousreply 1102/18/2019

I like it

by Anonymousreply 1202/18/2019

The do on the Bea is a Miss!

by Anonymousreply 1302/18/2019
by Anonymousreply 1402/18/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1502/18/2019

Big hair was all the rage back then.

by Anonymousreply 1602/18/2019

Tina Turner totally rocked the big 80s hair. She looked fabulous with it.

by Anonymousreply 1702/18/2019

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 Anonymousreply 1802/18/2019

That was her costume from The Floating Light Bulb, which she appeared in that season.

by Anonymousreply 1902/18/2019

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 Anonymousreply 2002/18/2019

Shouldn't have she just wore a sign saying too ugly to live.

by Anonymousreply 2102/18/2019

“hairdresser” = tornado

by Anonymousreply 2202/18/2019

She looks like she's ready to fly right out of there.

by Anonymousreply 2302/18/2019

She looks like Phyllis Diller.

by Anonymousreply 2402/18/2019

R21 I opened this thread hoping to see that very response. You did not disappoint!

by Anonymousreply 2502/18/2019

And to think you still complain about her wedding dress?

by Anonymousreply 2602/18/2019

That 'do is very 80s - Liz wore a similar coif ....

by Anonymousreply 2702/18/2019

Yeah, but Liz actually looked good in it.

by Anonymousreply 2802/18/2019

I think she looks tremendous!

by Anonymousreply 2902/18/2019

^ oops, I see R14 beat me to it


by Anonymousreply 3002/18/2019
by Anonymousreply 3102/18/2019

Even Ann Miller went natural when she saw Bea's hair that year.

by Anonymousreply 3202/18/2019

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 Anonymousreply 3302/18/2019

in the 80s even if hair was relatively short it could still be big

by Anonymousreply 3402/20/2019

I feel like this truly unique look was not given its hair-due. Please continue to speculate on what could have happened.

by Anonymousreply 3504/14/2019

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."

by Anonymousreply 3604/14/2019

Judith Peabody

by Anonymousreply 3704/14/2019

Pat Buckley

by Anonymousreply 3804/14/2019

She sure as hell didn’t rock the Sheena Easton hair do!

by Anonymousreply 3904/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4004/14/2019

She should have kept her hair natural, like mine.

by Anonymousreply 4104/14/2019

Pat Carroll is still alive and 91.

by Anonymousreply 4204/14/2019

1981 wasn’t really the 80s! Lmao!!!!

by Anonymousreply 4304/14/2019

1980 and 1981 were still kind of a 70s hangover. Fashions, music etc. The 80s didn't really get started until '82.

by Anonymousreply 4404/14/2019

Oh get over your weird concept of what is and what isn’t 80s. You know shit.

by Anonymousreply 4504/14/2019

Because you know all the answers r45 lol!

by Anonymousreply 4604/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 4704/14/2019

I LOVE that look!

by Anonymousreply 4804/14/2019

Me too!

by Anonymousreply 4904/14/2019

Bea’s hair looks lovely.

by Anonymousreply 5004/14/2019

I thought Bea would've smoked unfiltered Camels or Marlboro Reds, not the prissy Benson & Hedges.

by Anonymousreply 5104/14/2019

For every month in the 1980s the hair went up another half inch.

by Anonymousreply 5204/14/2019

Miss her so much....she was such a cool broad

by Anonymousreply 5304/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 5404/14/2019

[quote] What was her hairdresser thinking?!

Liz Taylor was wearing her hair (basically) like that in the 80s, too.

by Anonymousreply 5504/14/2019

I thought Bea only drove large trucks, barefoot.

by Anonymousreply 5604/14/2019

It's a pity Bea smoked so much, because her 70s facelift was excellent work for those times.

by Anonymousreply 5704/14/2019

I'd never look as silly as that.

by Anonymousreply 5804/14/2019

[quote]I thought Bea only drove large trucks

That was Large Marge.

by Anonymousreply 5904/14/2019

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.

by Anonymousreply 6004/14/2019

R55 beat me to Liz's similar hairstyle =

by Anonymousreply 6104/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6204/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6304/14/2019

Here's another photo of Elizabeth Taylor with a similar hair style.

by Anonymousreply 6404/14/2019

Looks like Grandma Trump’s hair.

by Anonymousreply 6504/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6604/14/2019

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 Anonymousreply 6704/14/2019

Liz would get a laugh from you calling her matronly, then knee you in the crown jewels.

by Anonymousreply 6804/14/2019

Here's Bea at the finale.

by Anonymousreply 6904/14/2019

Looks dramatic and good with that dress.

by Anonymousreply 7004/15/2019

Defying gravity one strand at a time.

by Anonymousreply 7104/15/2019

[quote] Big hair was all the rage back then.

Saying all the rage was all the rage back then.

by Anonymousreply 7204/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 7304/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 7404/15/2019

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 Anonymousreply 7504/16/2019

Rumor was Jason was loaded.

by Anonymousreply 7604/16/2019

Drunk loaded or rich loaded? I'd believe drunk before rich.

by Anonymousreply 7704/16/2019
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