Most of us know her as Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls. Some of us know her as Ackmena from the Star Wars Holiday Special. And to others she’ll always be Maude.
The late Bea Arthur made headlines recently when a painting depicting her in a risque state of undress sold at auction for a whopping $1.9 million. Those of you still hungry for Bea Arthur oddities can feast on this scene from 1980’s The Beatrice Arthur Special in which she and Rock Hudson sing a peppy lament about the proliferation of illegal narcotics in society:
“Everybody Today is Turning On” is a number from the 1977 Broadway musical I Love My Wife, directed by Arthur’s husband Gene Saks. The song surely made perfect sense within the larger context of the play, but hearing Rock and Bea exchange lines about “weed” and “acid” is just weird.
I also get the distinct sense the songwriter’s knowledge of drug lingo came entirely from watching episodes of Dragnet.