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Arthur in 2005
May 13, 1922
New York City
|Died||April 25, 2009
|Cause of death||Cancer of unknown primary origin|
|Years active||1947 – 2008|
|Vera Charles, Mame
Maude Findlay, Maude
Dorothy Zbornak, The Golden Girls
|Spouse(s)||Robert Alan Arthur
(1950 – 1980; divorced)
|Awards||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, best known for her roles in Maude and The Golden Girls. She was Jewish.
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.
In the 1940s, she was married with author and producer Robert Alan Aurthur.
In 1950, she married Gene Saks.
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Arthur (left) at the 1989 Emmy Awards with close friend Angela Lansbury (right)
Bea Arthur Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.