My first memory of Bea was the episode of "All in the Family" when Maude, Edith's cousin, arrives to help the family. It was the episode that created the turning point in television. That cameo led to one of my favorite sitcoms, "Maude". (It's no surprise my scooter was born to be known as Maude.)
There was just something about Maude, for me, that resonated and rang true.
Strong. Outspoken. Forceful. Funny. Tall. At 42, I finally get it.
The stage, screen and landscape will be bare without you.