Bea (I) Arthur

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Real name is Bernice Frankel
Also known as Bea
Was born at 13 May 1922 in New York City, New York, USA . Died at 25 April 2009, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer)

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York Cityto a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland where her parents ran adress shop. By the time she was 12 years old, she grew to be 5'9" andwas the tallest girl in her school. She earned the title "wittiest"girl in her school, but Bea's family was not in show-business and shedid not think her family would support her dream.

She then worked as alaboratory technician, drove a truck and worked as a typist in theMarine Corps. She also had a brief first marriage, which ended indivorce. Afterwards she told her parents she really wanted to pursue acareer in show business, and they supported her decision to join theNew York's Dramatic Workshop for the New School for Social Research. She played classical and dramatic roles, and it would take years beforeshe found her niche in comedy. Her breakthrough came on stage whileappearing in the musical play "The Threepenny Opera" with'Lotte Lenya' .

She was also a regular on television on'Sid Caesar' 's show "Caesar's Hour" (1954) for one seasonin the 1950s. Then in 1964 she truly became famous when she appeared inthe original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" as Yente theMatchmaker. In this supporting role she stole the show night afternight. In 1966 she went to work on a new Broadway musical, "Mame", directed byher second husband, 'Gene Saks' . For the featured role of VeraCharles in "Mame" she won a Tony Award.

The star of the show,'Angela Lansbury' , also won a Tony Award and they became lifelongfriends. In 1971 Bea appeared on the hit sitcom "All in the Family" (1971) as Maude Findlay, Edith Bunker'scousin, who was forever driving Archie Bunker crazy with her liberalpolitics. This guest appearance led to her own series, entitled "Maude" (1972) in 1972. The show was a hit and ran for sixyears, during which time many controversial topics, including abortion,were tackled. Bea also won an Emmy Award for her work on "Maude" (1972) .

During the show's run Bea repeated the role ofVera Charles in the film version of Mame (1974) , again directedby 'Gene Saks' , but the film was a dismal flop. She also appearedon none other than The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (TV) . While doing "Maude" she also raised her two adopted sons with herhusband Gene Saks. After "Maude" ended her second marriage ended indivorce and she never remarried. She became a lifelong animal rightsactivist.

In 1983 she started work on a new sitcom, "Amanda's" (1983) ,which was patterned after British situation comedy "Fawlty Towers" (1975) , but it did not last long. In 1985however, she got sweet compensation when her new sitcom, "The Golden Girls" (1985) hit the air. Co starring'Betty White (I)' , 'Rue McClanahan' and 'Estelle Getty' ,it was a show about four middle-aged women living in Miami. It was animmediate hit and ran for seven seasons. All of the cast members,including Bea, won Emmy Awards during the show's run.

It should beworth noting that both "Maude" (1972) and "The Golden Girls" (1985) had to be canceled when Bea announcedshe was leaving each of them. In both cases she left when she thoughteach show was at its peak and, in both cases, the producers of theshows realized the shows just would not be the same without her. Since "The Golden Girls" (1985) was canceled in 1992, Bea kept a lowprofile, appearing in only a couple of movies: For Better or Worse (1995) and Enemies of Laughter (2000) . In 1999 she made a very successful and welcome The N. Y.

Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller (1999) (TV) . She dida one-woman stage show in 2001 for which she received a Tony Awardnomination. In 2003 she reunited with 'Betty White (I)' and'Rue McClanahan' for a "The Golden Girls" (1985) reunionspecial on Lifetime Channel. Noticeably absent was supporting actress'Estelle Getty' who was ill. The three lead actresses would makepublic appearances together for the rest of the decade to promote DVDreleases of the "The Golden Girls" (1985) .

In 2008 they appearedtogether for the last time at the TV Land Awards, where they received astanding ovation as they accepted the Pop Culture Award. Bea thenattended (with 'Angela Lansbury' , when she was inducted to theAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. On April 25,2009, Bea Arthur died at age 86 of cancer, at home with her family. Sheis survived by her two sons Matthew and Daniel, and her grandchildrenKyra and Violet. In her will she left a donation of $300,000 to NewYork's Ali Forney Center, an organization supporting homeless Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youths.


There is some small facts about Bea (I) Arthur:
  • Bea won an award of achievement from Emerson College's Musical Theater Society in Boston in the spring of 2000.
  • Survived by two adopted sons, 'Matthew Saks' (born July 14, 1961) and 'Daniel Saks' (born May 8, 1964).
  • She was best friends with 'Angela Lansbury' since appearing together in "Mame". This was a friendship she spoke fondly of in her one-woman show.
  • She did not like to watch her own performances on television or film.
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 29-30. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • In 1966 she won a Tony Award as Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for playing Vera Charles in "Mame", a part she recreated in the film version by the same name, Mame (1974) .
  • Her series "Maude" (1972) and "The Golden Girls" (1985) were both canceled because Bea left them.
  • Was a qualified medical technician.
  • Once appeared on "Judge Judy" (1996) as a witness for a defendant who was involved with the animal rights organization PETA. The defendant won.
  • In 2002 she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for her one-woman show "Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends".
  • According to a television interview, Arthur claimed that her start in comedy came when she was only a lounge singer. Apparently, when she got up on stage to sing torch songs, the audience would laugh at her because of her deep voice and her height. The nightclub manager then approached her and told her she was in the wrong business. She should be doing comedy instead.
  • Considered "Amanda's" (1983) and an episode of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) as her worst career experiences. She also regretted the film version of Mame (1974) , directed by her then-husband 'Gene Saks' .
  • Her first real name, Bernice, is pronounced like Bur-ness.
  • Best known by the public for her starring roles as the title character in "Maude" (1972) and as Dorothy Zbornak in "The Golden Girls" (1985) .
  • Her mother, Rebecca Frankel, died in 1986.
  • Her former "Maude" (1972) co-star, 'Adrienne Barbeau' , was reunited with her on "The View" (1997) , in 2007. They were there to promote the DVD release of the first season of Maude.
  • Before she was a successful actress and comedienne, Bea Arthur was one of the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine. She volunteered and served during World War II as a truck driver and a typist in the Marine Corps. She was stationed at Marine Corps and Navy air stations in Virginia and North Carolina. During her military career, Arthur's rank went from private to corporal to sergeant to staff sergeant, the title she held upon her honorable discharge in September 1945.
  • She is survived by two granddaughters, Kyra and Violet.
  • Was 5'9-1/2" by the time she was 12 years old.
  • Her idol when she was young was 'June Allyson' .
  • Friends with: 'Shirley Jones (I)' , 'Angela Lansbury' , 'Florence Henderson (I)' , 'Charlotte Rae' , 'Marla Gibbs' , 'Della Reese' , 'Dick Van Dyke' , 'Dick Van Patten' , 'Katherine Helmond' , 'Richard Mulligan' , 'Bob Hope (I)' , 'Frank Sinatra' , 'Sammy Davis Jr. (I)' , 'Dean Martin (I)' , 'Johnny Carson (I)' , 'Carroll O'Connor' , 'Jean Stapleton' , 'Rob Reiner' , 'Conrad Bain' , 'Norman Lear' , 'Bill Macy' , 'Esther Rolle (I)' , 'Nanette Fabray' , 'Estelle Getty' , 'Lucille Ball' , 'Danny Thomas (I)' , 'Carol Channing' , 'Mike Douglas (I)' , 'Joan Collins (I)' , 'Shirley MacLaine' , 'Doris Roberts (I)' , 'John Amos (I)' , 'Jason Alexander (I)' , 'Rue McClanahan' , 'Susan Harris (I)' , 'Herb Edelman' , 'Tony Curtis (I)' , 'Rod Steiger' , 'George Gobel' , 'Perry Como' , 'Bill Dana (I)' , 'Harry Belafonte' , 'Mickey Rooney (I)' , 'Beverly Garland (I)' and 'Dinah Shore' .
  • Remained good friends with 'Adrienne Barbeau' during and after "Maude" (1972) .
  • After her death The Ali Forney Center, a New York not-for-profit agency devoted to providing emergency shelter, medical services, and help getting off the streets to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender homeless people, learned that she had left them $300,000.00 in her will. The center plans to use the bequest to buy a building that will become permanent housing for some of these youths. The center plans to name the building The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBT Homeless Youth.
  • As a girl Bea attended Linden Hall School for Girls, an all girls school in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Later she attended Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Virginia, where she was active in drama productions.
  • Though her ex-"Maude" (1972) co-star, 'Adrienne Barbeau' had missed the majority of the episodes for the final two seasons of the series, due to her busy scheduling, they were still the best of friends until Bea's death.
  • The comic book character Deadpool is infatuated with Bea and considers to her as the sexiest woman on earth.
  • Words of remembrance for "Time" magazine's milestones tribute by TV critic 'Jim Poniewozik' (Issue: May 11, 2009).
  • Got a phone call from 'Norman Lear' , about guest-starring on a few episodes of "All in the Family" (1971) , only because Lear strongly insisted her on doing it, despite Arthur, who hated flying. She agreed at the very last minute to take the role for a few episodes, hence, this led her into her starring role on "Maude" (1972) .
  • Claimed that co-star 'Esther Rolle (I)' didn't display any comedic talent on "Maude" (1972) , until she was given her own show "Good Times" (1974) . She would quote Maude writer 'Arthur Julian' statement about Rolle: "My name is Esther Rolle. I don't do windows, and I don't do comedy.".
  • Like Bea, her first husband 'Robert Alan Aurthur' also died of lung cancer in 1978.
  • She was a lifelong liberal Democrat and over the years was in support of 'Franklin D. Roosevelt' , 'John F. Kennedy' , 'Robert F. Kennedy' , 'Adlai Stevenson' , 'Jimmy Carter (I)' , 'Bill Clinton (I)' , and 'Barack Obama' . She also was a donor to the Democratic National Committee and like her trademark characters of Maude Findlay and Dorothy Zbornak her Democratic concepts constantly coincided with her views on education, womens rights, gay liberation, and economics.
  • She was frequently referenced in dialogue as being the favorite actress and an icon to the Marvel Comics' character Deadpool.
  • Was the popular national spokesperson for Canadian drug store chain Shoppers Drug Mart in television and radio commercials throughout the 1980s.
  • She was posthumously inducted as a Disney Legend in 2009. Her Golden Girls co-stars Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty (also posthumously) were inducted the same year.
  • Met first husband 'Robert Alan Aurthur' while she was in the Marines, the year after her enlistment.
  • According to ex-"The Golden Girls" (1985) co-star, 'Betty White (I)' , after Arthur's death, she said in an interview, Arthur wasn't too fond of White. Arthur had found her a pain in the neck sometimes and White would set her off.
  • Though 'Estelle Getty' played her mother in "The Golden Girls" (1985) , Estelle was one year younger than Bea.
  • The second Golden Girls star to die.
  • Bea Arthur lost her life on April 25, 2009 and was cremated. Just a few days after her death, the Broadway community paid tribute to Arthur by dimming the marquees of New York City's Broadway theater district in her memory for one minute at 8:00 p.m.
  • She was a fan of the TV show "South Park" (1997) .
  • Acting mentor and friend of 'Adrienne Barbeau' .
  • Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide six times.
  • Classmate of 'Marlon Brando' .
  • Longtime friends of 'Doris Roberts (I)' and 'Shirley MacLaine' .
  • Her son, 'Daniel Saks' , was the set designer for the sitcom "Dharma & Greg" (1997) .
  • Won an award of achievement from Emerson College's Musical Theater Society, in Boston, Massachusetts. [2006].
  • Studied acting at Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York City, New York.
  • Was the only regular cast member of "The Golden Girls" (1985) who didn't go on to star in the spin-off series "The Golden Palace" (1992) . She guest starred for one episode.
  • In May 2013 a nude painting of her sold for $1.9 million in New York City.
  • Began her show "Maude" (1972) at age 50.
  • Would frequently visit her ex-"Maude" (1972) co-star's, 'Adrienne Barbeau' 's twin sons at their house.
  • Played Dorothy Zbornak on three shows: "The Golden Girls" (1985) , "Empty Nest" (1988) and "The Golden Palace" (1992) .
  • (September 2003) At the Savoy Theatre in London, England, UK; performs in her show "Bea Arthur at the Savoy" created by herself and 'Billy Goldenberg' in collaboration with 'Charles Randolph-Wright' with production consultants 'Mark Waldrep' and 'Richard Maltby Jr.' .
  • (October 2002) Makes her Australian debut in Melbourne and Sydney in "And Then There's Bea" from mid October to early November.
  • Former college classmate of: 'Tony Curtis (I)' , 'Walter Matthau' , 'Harry Belafonte' and 'Rod Steiger' .
  • Had a fear of flying.
  • Began singing at age 12.
  • Attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Before becoming a successful actress and comedienne, she was employed to sing on weekends, occasionally, for $2 a night, in Cambridge, Maryland.
  • Arthur convinced her parents to send her to summer school in New York.
  • Was voted 'The Wittiest Girl in High School,' at Linden Hall School for Girls.
  • Had escaped the alienation she felt in the Eastern shoretown, by going to the movies on Saturdays.
  • Met second husband 'Gene Saks' , while in acting school, in 1949.
  • Before she was a successful actress and a comedienne, she once worked at a nightclub in New York City.
  • Graduated from Linden Hall School for Girls, in Lititz, Pennsylvania, in 1941.
  • Performed in theater while in high school.
  • She was known to be a very private and shy person.
  • Bea Arthur passed away on April 25, 2009. Her ex-"The Golden Girls" (1985) co-star, 'Estelle Getty' , passed away 1 year before her in July 2008.
  • Pulmonary carcinoma ran in her family.
  • She wanted to be a big band leader.
  • Her sister, Kay, lived in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Dorothy Zbornak, her character from "The Golden Girls" (1985) was based on creator 'Susan Harris (I)' .
  • Like fellow actresses 'Charlotte Rae' and 'Marla Gibbs' , Arthur eventually wound up being a comedienne.
  • Her parents, Philip and Rebecca Frankel, were both managers at a woman's department store in Cambridge, Maryland.
  • Met 'Carroll O'Connor' , in 1964, when he was doing a play called "Ullysees in Nighttown." Eight years later, Arthur had guest-starred on 2 episodes of "All in the Family" (1971) , before she starred in the spin-off "Maude" (1972) .
  • When she was a young girl, she used to do 'Mae West (I)' imitations.
  • When Arthur was 11, her family moved to Cambridge, Maryland, in 1933.
  • Enjoyed spending time with her family, singing, collecting antique furniture, traveling, gardening, taking care of pets and dancing.
  • She was a heavy smoker.
  • Her former "Maude" (1972) co-star, 'Bill Macy' , guest-starred on 2 episodes of "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) , which starred Arthur's best friend, 'Angela Lansbury' .
  • Just five years after her own death, her sister, Kay, died in 2014, who lived to be 88.
  • Had legally changed her name from Bernice Frankel to Bea Arthur, because of her marriage to 'Robert Alan Aurthur' , in 1947, at 25.
  • Arthur and her ex-"Maude" (1972) co-star, 'Conrad Bain' , were the only 2 not to guest-star on "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) , which featured her best friend, 'Angela Lansbury' .
  • Of Jewish heritage.
  • Lifelong friend of 'Angela Lansbury' .
  • Future actors 'Ron Howard (I)' , 'Tom Hanks' and future comediennes/comedians 'Graham Elwood' , 'Julia Louis-Dreyfus' and 'Leah Remini' , all said Arthur was their childhood television heroine.
  • Upon her death, she was cremated, her ashes were given to her family.
  • She played Dorothy Zbornak from 1985 to 1993, though she didn't star on "The Golden Palace" (1992) .
  • Her show "The Golden Girls" (1985) was awarded the Pop Culture award at the Sixth Annual TV Land Awards. Arthur accepted the award with 'Rue McClanahan' and 'Betty White (I)' , it would also be Arthur's last public appearance. [8 June 2008].
  • On "Maude" (1972) , her character was liberal, in real-life, Arthur was a liberal Democrat.
  • When she was starring in "Maude" (1972) , she was doing an episode about abortion. Even though abortion was legal in New York State, it was illegal in many other regions of the country, and as such sparked controversy. As a result, dozens of affiliates refused to broadcast the episode when it was originally scheduled, substituting either a repeat from earlier in the season or a Thanksgiving TV special in its place. However, by the time of the summer rerun season six months later all the flak had died down, and the stations that refused to air the episode upon its first run reinstated it for the reruns the following summer. As a result, a reported 65 million viewers watched the two episode arc either in their first run that November or during the following summer as a rerun.
Also look some video clip about Bea (I) Arthur:
There is the list of movies, where Bea (I) Arthur was taked part:
1 A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury movie A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury 1996 as Herself - Performer
2 All-Star Party for Joan Collins movie All-Star Party for Joan Collins 1987 as Herself
3 Betty Whites 90th Birthday: A Tribute to Americas Golden Girl movie Betty Whites 90th Birthday: A Tribute to Americas Golden Girl 2012 as Herself
4 Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl movie Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl 1994 as Herself
5 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age movie Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age 2016 as Herself
6 For Better or Worse movie For Better or Worse 1995 as Beverly Makeshift
7 Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood movie Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 as Herself
8 Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink movie Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2005 as Herself
9 Live from the London Palladium: Happy Birthday, Happy New Year! movie Live from the London Palladium: Happy Birthday, Happy New Year! 1990 as Herself
10 Lovers and Other Strangers movie Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 as Bea Vecchio
11 NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II movie NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II 1998 as Herself - Interviewee
12 The 17th Annual Peoples Choice Awards movie The 17th Annual Peoples Choice Awards 1991 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Comedy Series
13 The 2nd Annual Peoples Choice Awards movie The 2nd Annual Peoples Choice Awards 1976 as Herself - Presenter: Favourite New Television Show
14 The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards movie The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 as Herself
15 The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 as Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Informational Special
16 The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
17 The 37th Annual Thalians Ball movie The 37th Annual Thalians Ball 1992 as Herself
18 The 40th Annual Tony Awards movie The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 as Herself - Performer & Presenter: Best Play
19 The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
20 The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 as Herself - Presenter: Best Actress/Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
21 The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 as Herself - In Memoriam
22 The 63rd Annual Tony Awards movie The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2009 as Herself - Memorial Tribute
23 The Beatrice Arthur Special movie The Beatrice Arthur Special 1980 as Herself - Host/Performer
24 The Best of So Graham Norton movie The Best of So Graham Norton 2004 as Herself
25 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joan Collins movie The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Joan Collins 1984 as Herself
26 The Earth Day Special movie The Earth Day Special 1990 as Dorothy Zbornak
27 The Gift of the Magi movie The Gift of the Magi 1958 as Mrs. Abercrombie
28 The Society of Singers Presents: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald movie The Society of Singers Presents: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald 1989 as Herself
29 The Star Wars Holiday Special movie The Star Wars Holiday Special 1978 as Ackmena
30 TVs 50 Funniest Catch Phrases movie TVs 50 Funniest Catch Phrases 2009 as Herself
31 Beggars and Choosers movie Beggars and Choosers 1999 as Beatrice Arthur
32 CBS News Sunday Morning movie CBS News Sunday Morning 1979 as Herself - Guest
33 Good Morning America movie Good Morning America 1975 as Herself - Guest
34 Intimate Portrait movie Intimate Portrait 1993 as Herself - Interviewee
35 La imagen de tu vida movie La imagen de tu vida 2006 as Dorothy Zbornak
36 Later with Bob Costas movie Later with Bob Costas 1988 as Herself - Guest
37 Memòries de la tele movie Memòries de la tele 2007 as Dorothy Zbornak
38 The Arsenio Hall Show movie The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 as Herself - Guest
39 The Garry Moore Show movie The Garry Moore Show 1958 as Herself - Guest
40 The Golden Palace movie The Golden Palace 1992 as Dorothy Hollingsworth
There is the list of interview of Bea (I) Arthur:
  • "Maxim" (USA), January 2005, Vol. 9, Iss. 1, pg. 69, by: Scott Stein, "Pure Gold"
  • "Out" (USA), August 2001, pg. 40, by: Michael Musto, "Bea Arthur"
There is the list of some articles of Bea (I) Arthur:
  • "Los Angeles Times" (USA), 28 June 2015, Vol. 134, Iss. 207, pg. C9, by: Lauren Beale, and Neal J. Leitereg, "HOT PROPERTY: Golden GIrl's home for sale"
  • "The Orange County Register" (USA), 21 December 2011, pg. Local 2, by: Frank Mickadeit, "'Golden Girl' is still giving"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 21 December 2009, Vol. 57, Iss. 52, pg. 38, by: n/a, "That's The Way It Was: Bea Arthur - April 25, 2009"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 11 May 2009, Vol. 57, Iss. 19, pg. 12, by: Matt Roush & William Keck, "Tribute: Bea Arthur"
  • "The Independent" (UK), 28 April 2009, Iss. 7032, pg. 34, by: Anthony Hayward, "Obituary: Bea Arthur - Actress who found fame as the acid-tongued Dorothy in 'The Golden Girls' sitcom"
  • "The Guardian" (UK), 27 April 2009, pg. 32, by: Michael Freedland, "Bea Arthur"
  • "The Sunday Telegraph" (UK), 26 April 2009, by: Leonard Doyle, "Beatrice Arthur, star of The Golden Girls, dies aged 86"
  • "The Los Angeles Times" (USA), 26 April 2009, by: Claudia Luther, "Bea Arthur, Star of 'Golden Girls' and 'Maude,' Dies at 86"
  • "Asbury Park Press" (USA), 26 April 2009, Vol. 130, Iss. 49, pg. A24, by: The Associated Press, "Bea Arthur, 86, 'Razor-Sharp' Actress"
  • "San Francisco Chronicle" (USA), 26 April 2009, by: Lynn Elber, "'Maude,' 'Golden Girls' Star Bea Arthur Dies"
  • "The Times" (UK), 26 April 2009, by: Anonymous, "Bea Arthur: leading actress in The Golden Girls"
  • "The Boston Globe" (USA), 26 April 2009, by: Lynn Elber, "Beatrice Arthur, 86, Deep-Voiced Star of 'Golden Girls,' 'Maude'"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 26 April 2009, Vol. 132, Iss. 142, pg. C8, by: Martin Weil, "Bea Arthur, 86[, Dies]: Sharp-Tongued Sitcom Roles Symbolized Rise of Feminism"
  • "Minneapolis Star Tribune" (USA), 26 April 2009, by: Lynn Elber, "Bea Arthur, Stage, Film Star of 'Mame' and TV's 'Maude' and 'The Golden Girls,' Dies at 86"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 23 February 2002, Vol. 50, Iss. 8, pg. 48-51, by: Margy Rochlin, "Let It Bea"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 28 August 1999, Vol. 47, Iss. 35, pg. 8, by: Frank DeCaro, "And Then There's Maude (Again)"
The image of Bernice Frankel was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "People Weekly" (USA), 17 November 1975
There is the list of some quotes of Bea (I) Arthur:
  • All this time I've just wanted to be blonde, beautiful and 5 feet 2 inches tall.
  • I really feel all my adult life has been spent in that little black box. If a wonderful part on TV came along I would do it. But I don't want to do a recurring role. It would just be my luck that the thing would be successful. I'm old enough now and also secure enough financially that I really only want to do what I want to do.
  • At least I'm not playing other people for a change. It's a very odd place to be... I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit.
  • After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.
  • And I hate autobiographies, I don't know why.
  • [on playing "Vera Charles" in Mame (1974) ] You know, the real name of this show is "Vera". The only reason they changed the name was because Jerry [lyricist 'Jerry Herman (I)' ] couldn't think of a rhyme for it. 'Stephen Sondheim' could have.
  • [on the death of 'Estelle Getty' in 2008]: Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her.
  • Look -- I'm 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can't stay home waiting for something different. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.
  • Let's face it, nobody ever asked me to play Juliet.
  • [In 1973]: There comes a morning when you wake up and realize you're not Barbra Streisand. If a woman my age is still fighting for roles, it can only mean there's something missing from her personal life.
  • In sitcoms, the women are so beautiful, understanding and well-bred. They have humor, but sort of display it with a twinkle of the eye and not a guffaw. But there's no juice in that for me.
  • [When she won the 1966 Broadway Tony Award for her portrayal of Vera Charles in Mame]: I just learned that expression.
  • [When a knock on the front door produced the lady in tennis shoes]: I hope you won't be afraid of George and Julie, they're really very friendly.
  • [In 1972]: No, no, don't call me Ms. I don't go along with this liberation thing. Liberation from what?
  • I don't think they realized how completely vulnerable I am. Matter of fact, I may start crying right now; if you let me.
  • [on the cancelation of "The Golden Girls" (1985) ]: I stayed with it for 7 years. I think, definitely, I made the right decision, cause we had highs that we couldn't top.
  • [on the cancelation of "Maude" (1972) ]: I have had six full years. It's been glorious, I've loved every minute of it. But it has been six years and I think it's time to leave.
  • [In 1978]: Norman has had an idea some time ago in which Maude becomes a congresswoman and moves to Washington. Norman said if you go on for another year, we'll do it in Washington with a new cast. And if you don't, it's a hell of a way to end the show.
  • [In 1975]: If I could only repeal the law of gravity.
  • As an artist. As an important artist.
  • I really feel that I'm an exposed nerve... I don't know how else to say it, but I am. I'm moved by everything.
  • I've seen so many excellent actors - excellent actors - who the minute they're told they're in a comedy turn into god knows what - creatures from another planet! I mean they just.. the voice changes, they don't look the same, it's like - it has no similarity to any living human being, do you know what I mean? Or don't you? And I'm not talking about Sylvester Stallone... but there's a good example. You know what I mean? It comes down to what I said at the beginning of this: belief, truth... It's truth.
  • [In 1976]: Other than that it was a fun show to do. But I'll tell you one thing. That's the first and last time you'll see me on a horse - white or any color. The first person to suggest I do a Matt Dillon impression is not going to walk without pain for a week!
  • [When she gained popularity as the fifty-something Maude Findlay on Maude]: This show was every bit as tough as the analysis' show, but at least I wasn't out there all alone so that made it almost bearable. Of course the fact that we all had the flu and none of us had had time for Christmas shopping didn't make it easier.
  • I've been a Democrat my whole life. That's what makes Maude and Dorothy so believable, we have the same viewpoints on how our country should be handled.
  • [on her reclusive final days]: I like to be myself and rest.
  • [In 1985, about her devotion to the elderly, taking over from her mother's suicide]: She had all her marbles, she was in great shape, but she was almost totally deaf and almost totally blind, and really just wanted out. It was really something, anyway, you do what you have to do. So. Why are all these people suffering from AIDS? You think-do it. Don't prolong it. I'm sure I don't feel any different from anybody else about that...I would rather they died than see the terrible ravages of this horrendous disease.
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