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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. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9". She earned the title "wittiest" girl in her school, and Bea's dream was to be in show business, but she didn't think her family ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 9 Golden Globes. Another 10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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The Golden Girls
The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak / Sophia's Mother
Maude Maude Findlay
Lovers and Other Strangers
Mame Vera Charles


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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
 1985-1992 The Golden Girls (TV Series)
Dorothy Zbornak / Sophia's Mother
- One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1992) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Home Again, Rose: Part 2 (1992) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Home Again, Rose: Part 1 (1992) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Rose: Portrait of a Woman (1992) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
- A Midwinter Night's Dream (1992) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
 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 (as Beatrice Arthur)
- 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 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Olga McGuire
- Bilko Presents the McGuire Sisters (1958) ... Olga McGuire (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)
- Zone Four (1953)
 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)
Show Show Soundtrack (12 credits)
Show Show Self (153 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (35 credits)

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Other Works:

1948: "The Taming of the Shrew" as Kate at the Cherry Lane 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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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... See more »


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.... See more »


Usually played the roles that reflected upon liberalism and feminism See more »



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