May 13, 1922
New York City
|Died||April 25, 2009 (aged 86)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|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.
Early life[change | change source]
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.
Career[change | change source]
Theater[change | change source]
In 1946 she moved back to New York and studied acting with Erwin Piscator.
Personal life[change | change source]
In the 1940s, she was married with author and producer Robert Alan Arthur.
In 1950, she married Gene Saks.
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- 1922 births
- 2009 deaths
- Actors from New York City
- American feminists
- American LGBT rights activists
- American military personnel of World War II
- American movie actors
- American television actors
- Cancer deaths in Los Angeles
- Comedians from New York City
- Deaths from cancer of unknown primary origin
- Emmy Award winning actors
- Jewish activists
- Jewish American actors
- Jewish American musicians
- Jewish comedians
- Jewish feminists
- Singers from New York City
- Tony Award winning actors
- American stage actors