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Bea Arthur (I) (1922–2009)

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland where her parents ran a dress shop. By the time she was 12 years old, she grew to be 5'9" and was 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 she ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 9 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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 2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Larry's Mother
- The End (2005) ... Larry's Mother
 2001 Futurama (TV Series)
- Amazon Women in the Mood (2001) ... Femputer (voice)
 2000 Enemies of Laughter
Paul's Mother
 2000 Malcolm in the Middle (TV Series)
Mrs. White
- Water Park (2000) ... Mrs. White
 1999 Emily of New Moon (TV Series)
The Voice
- A Fall from Grace (1999) ... The Voice (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1999 Beggars and Choosers (TV Series)
Beatrice Arthur
- Sex, Drugs & Videotape (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
- The Ethel Merman Story (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
- The Hat Trick (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
- The Mountainmen: Part 1 (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
 1997 Dave's World (TV Series)
Mel Bloom
- Bad News Barry's (1997) ... Mel Bloom
- Touched by an Agent (1997) ... Mel Bloom
- Dave Barry, Call Your Agent (1997) ... Mel Bloom
 1995 For Better or Worse
Beverly Makeshift
 1989 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Dorothy Zbornak
- Dumped (1989) ... Dorothy Zbornak
 1988 My First Love (TV Movie)
Jean Miller
 1984 P.O.P. (TV Movie)
Rosalyn Gordon
 1984 a.k.a. Pablo (TV Series)
 1983 Amanda's (TV Series)
Amanda Cartwright
- Oh, Promise Me (1983) ... Amanda Cartwright
- I Was Wild About Harry (1983) ... Amanda Cartwright
- Amanda's Number One Son (1983) ... Amanda Cartwright
- One Passionate Night: Part 2 (1983) ... Amanda Cartwright
- One Passionate Night: Part 1 (1983) ... Amanda Cartwright
 1980 Soap (TV Series)
- Jessica's Wonderful Life (1980) ... Angel
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie)
Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1977 Laugh-In (TV Series)
 1971-1972 All in the Family (TV Series)
Maude Findlay
- Maude (1972) ... Maude Findlay
- Cousin Maude's Visit (1971) ... Maude Findlay (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Bea Vecchio (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1963 The Sid Caesar Show (TV Series)
Regular (1963)
 1959 That Kind of Woman
WAC (uncredited)
 1958 The Gift of the Magi (TV Movie)
Mrs. Abercrombie (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Ugly Witch
- Mrs. McThing (1958) ... Ugly Witch
 1951-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Material Witness (1958)
- The Discoverers (1957)
- Patterns (1955)
 1958 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
- Gold Rush (1958) ... Hostess
 1956 Caesar's Hour (TV Series)
- Episode dated 8 December 1956 (1956) ... Regular
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Kaleidoscope (TV Movie)
 1951-1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
- The Guinea Pigs (1951)
 1950 Once Upon a Tune (TV Series) (1951)
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Show Show Self (154 credits)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as Vera Charles") in "Mame" at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, NY. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 16 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Beatrice Arthur


5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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Personal Quote:

[In 1972]: No, no, don't call me Ms. I don't go along with this liberation thing. Liberation from what? See more »


Though Estelle Getty played her mother in The Golden Girls (1985), Estelle was one year younger than Bea. See more »


Husky resonant voice See more »



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