I think it’s important for an author to share personal bias right up front. So, let me just tell you: Bea Arthur was one of the most talented comedic geniuses ever. Just. Amazing.
Imagine my dismay to learn that Bea Arthur is not on the cover of People this week. Now, I’m not one of those cat crazies who saves every TV Guide ever printed and catalogs them in numbered plastic sheaths. But I do have a few issues of People that are significant to me. Like one from the late seventies that has the Bee Gees on the cover. I kid you not, every other page has a cigarette ad. And my Bea Arthur issue was definitely going to be added to that collection. Instead, Arthur got a little upper right corner mention that didn’t interfere with a massive picture of Christina Applegate.
Oh, Bea. It’s unfortunate that you died the same week as People’s 100 Most Beautiful People issue is printed.
There is a secondary issue I’m grappling with. Christina Applegate is surely a pretty girl. But do you really think she would have landed the Most Beautiful People cover over the likes of Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Freida Pinto and Angelina Jolie if she hadn’t been battling with cancer over the past year? The answer is no.