A Geeky Tribute to the Late Bea Arthur

Call it a stretch all you want, but today I was wracking my brain trying to figure out ways to pay tribute to Bea Arthur on a gadget blog. I think I've figured it out.

With a little help from an earlier tribute by Neatorama, I learned about, and will bring to you, two geektastic clips from her seven decade career.

The first clip comes to us from the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, one of the four black marks George Lucas bestowed on the franchise (the others being Episodes 1-3 in their entirety). Bea Arthur played Ackmena, the singing nightshift bartender at Chalmun's Cantina on Tatooine.

The second clip is from Futurama. Arthur played Femputer, the computer leader of a tribe of Amazonian women who didn't care much for men (See? A man-hating computer—that's a gadget, right?)

Sure, she'll be remembered mostly for her role on Golden Girls, but it was nice to see Bea Arthur let her geek flag fly once in a while too. RIP. [Neatorama]

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