Bea Arthur had some of the best comedic timing in the business. I barely remember the show "Maude". Most of it went over my young head but I LOVED "Golden Girls". That show was hilarious and a little scandalous for back in the day. Of course GG would never get a green light to air on network TV now. Neither would "Murphy Brown".
Ms. Arthur also won an Tony for her role in a Broadway production of MAME.