Bea Arthur (I) (1922–2009)


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Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel 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 of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her dream was to be in show business, but didn't think ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak / Sophia's Mother
(1985-1992)
Maude Maude Findlay
(1972-1978)
Mame Vera Charles
(1974)

Filmography

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 2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Larry's Mother
- The End (2005) ... Larry's Mother
 2001 Futurama (TV Series)
Femputer
- 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 2 (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
- The Mountainmen: Part 1 (1999) ... Beatrice Arthur
 1998 Ellen (TV Series)
Bea Arthur
- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 (1998) ... Bea 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
 1992 Noel's House Party (TV Series)
Special Guest
- Episode #2.9 (1992) ... Special Guest
 1992 The Golden Palace (TV Series)
Dorothy Hollingsworth
- Seems Like Old Times: Part 2 (1992) ... Dorothy Hollingsworth (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Seems Like Old Times: Part 1 (1992) ... Dorothy Hollingsworth
 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)
 1990 The Earth Day Special (TV Special)
Dorothy Zbornak
 1989 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Dorothy Zbornak
- Dumped (1989) ... Dorothy Zbornak (as Beatrice Arthur)
 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
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Dole Office Clerk (uncredited)
 1980 Soap (TV Series)
Angel
- Jessica's Wonderful Life (1980) ... Angel
 1979 The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (TV Series)
Bea Arthur
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Bea Arthur (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special (TV Movie)
Ackmena (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1972-1978 Maude (TV Series)
Maude Findlay
- Maude's Big Move: Part 3 (1978) ... Maude Findlay
- Maude's Big Move: Part 2 (1978) ... Maude Findlay
- Maude's Big Move: Part 1 (1978) ... Maude Findlay
- Phillip's Mature Romance (1978) ... Maude Findlay
- Mr. Butterfield's Return (1978) ... Maude Findlay
 1977-1978 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #1.6 (1978) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Guest Performer
 1974 Mame
Vera Charles (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1971-1972 All in the Family (TV Series)
Maude Findlay / Cousin Maude
- Maude (1972) ... Maude Findlay (as Beatrice Arthur)
- Cousin Maude's Visit (1971) ... Cousin Maude (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers
Bea (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)
 1952-1957 Studio One (TV Series)
Theatre Charge Nurse
- No Deadly Medicine: Part 2 (1957) ... Theatre Charge Nurse (as Beatrice Arthur)
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Kaleidoscope (TV Movie)
Guest
 1951 Once Upon a Tune (TV Series)
Performer (1951)
Show Show Soundtrack (16 credits)
Show Show Self (172 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (42 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(7/10-7/15/01) Stage: "And Then There's Bea'' at the Kaplan Theatre, Cincinnati, OH. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 17 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Beatrice Arthur | Beatrice Aurthur | Beatrice Author

Height:

5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Spouse:

Gene Saks  (divorced)  (2 children) | See more »

Children:

Matthew Saks | See more »

Parents:

Philip Frankel | Rebecca Pressner
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I've been a Democrat my whole life. That's what makes Maude and Dorothy so believable, we have the same viewpoints on how our country should be handled. See more »

Trivia:

As of 2019, she has not yet received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See more »

Trademark:

Caustic, acid wit See more »

Nickname:

Bea

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