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Beatrice Arthur
Bea Arthur 2005.jpg
Beatrice Arthur in 2005
Bernice Frankel

May 13, 1922(1922-05-13)
Died April 25, 2009 (aged 86)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1947 – 2008
Notable work
Vera Charles, Mame
Maude Findlay, Maude
Dorothy Zbornak, The Golden Girls
Spouse(s) Robert Alan Arthur
(1948; divorced),
Gene Saks
(1950 – 1980; divorced)
Children Adopted:
Daniel Arthur
Matthew Arthur
Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
1977 Maude
1988 The Golden Girls
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
1966 Mame

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.[1]

Early life

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.

Personal life

In the 1940s she was married with the author and producer Robert Alan Aurthur. In 1950 she married Gene Saks.


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