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Beatrice Arthur in 2005
May 13, 1922
New York City, New York, U.S.
April 25, 2009 (aged 86)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Years active||1947 – 2008|
Vera Charles, Mame|
Maude Findlay, Maude
Dorothy Zbornak, The Golden Girls
Robert Alan Arthur|
(1950 – 1980; divorced)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series|
1988 The Golden Girls
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedian and singer. She is best known for her roles on the comedy television series, Maude and The Golden Girls. She was Jewish.
Bea Arhur was born in Brooklyn, New York City. Her parents are Philip and Rebecca Frankelin. She grew up in Cambridge, Maryland. After the Highschool and the Junior College she did an apprenticeship as a Medical Laboratory Technician and she was as a volunteer for the United States Marine Corps.
In 1946 she moved back to New york and studied acting with Erwin Piscator.
In the 1940s she was married with the author and producer Robert Alan Aurthur. In 1950 she married Gene Saks.