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Beatrice Arthur

Bea Arthur
Arthur at the 1987 Emmy Awards
Personal information
Birth nameBernice Frankel
Birth dateMay 13, 1922
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathApril 25, 2009(age 86)
Death placeLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathCancer
OccupationActress, comedienne, singer, activist
Years active1947 2008
ReligionJewish
SpouseRobert Alan Aurthur (divorced)
Gene Saks (1950 1978; divorced; 2 sons)

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Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedienne and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame (1966).


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