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Beatrice Arthur
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Arthur in 2005
Bernice Frankel

(1922-05-13)May 13, 1922
New York City
Died April 25, 2009(2009-04-25) (aged 86)
Cause of death Cancer of unknown primary origin
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, best known for her roles in Maude and The Golden Girls. She was Jewish.

Early life

Arthur was born in Brooklyn, New York City. Her parents were Philip and Rebecca Frankelin. She grew up in Cambridge, Maryland. After high school 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 author and producer Robert Alan Aurthur.

In 1950, she married Gene Saks.

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