Fact: A portrait depicting a topless Bea Arthur has gone under the hammer for $1.9 million (£1.2 million). The bizarre painting of the Golden Girls actress was sold at Christie's in New York on Wednesday night (15May13).
Fact: Beloved late Golden Girls stars Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur are to be immortalised in ice-cream thanks to a new venture in New York. Owners of the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop are opening a parlour in the West Village, and a Rue MCClanahan ice-cream sandwich will be on the menu. Arthur already has a vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche and crushed vanilla wafers named after her and the store's outlets.
Quote: "I have several people that I'd love to work with but I don't say their names because every time I do they die the next day... Bea Arthur was one of them... I said I'd love to work with her, and the next week she died." U.S. TV star Chris Colfer fears he's the kiss of death for ageing icons.