Bea Arthur

Actor, Singer, Comedian
As much a cultural institution as a famed actress of stage and screen, Beatrice Arthur was immediately recognizable for her towering physique, caustic wit and sonorous baritone voice. She first came to prominence on ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Back to the Grind 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV's Greatest Sidekicks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Enemies of Laughter 2003 (Movie)

Paul's Mother (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Bea Arthur 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Futurama 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Intimate Portrait: Estelle Getty 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Times: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Rue McClanahan 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm in the Middle 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYTV: By the People Who Made It 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ellen 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1988 - 1989, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

For Better Or Worse 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Out There 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

She Tv 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

The Golden Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

This Joint Is Jumpin' 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual American Comedy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to Broadway: Showstoppers 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Irving Berlin's 100th Birthday Celebration 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1st Annual American Comedy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The 38th Annual Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

Walt Disney World's 15th Birthday Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

P.O.P. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Amanda's 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Unemployment Clerk (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Hope, Women and Song 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beatrice Arthur Special 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: On the Air 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mame 1974 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Lovers and Other Strangers 1970 (Movie)

Bea Vecchio (Actor)

Maude (TV Show)

Actor

My First Love (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

As much a cultural institution as a famed actress of stage and screen, Beatrice Arthur was immediately recognizable for her towering physique, caustic wit and sonorous baritone voice. She first came to prominence on Broadway, originating the role of Yente the Matchmaker in "Fiddler on the Roof" opposite Zero Mostel and winning a Tony for playing Vera Charles in "Mame," but television would be where she made her greatest impact. As Maude Findlay, the acerbic title character of the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), Arthur embodied a feminist intellectual who never shrank from tackling controversial issues, including abortion. Arthur won an Emmy for her iconic portrayal, and won another - as well as the opportunity to create an equally beloved character - in the next decade as Dorothy Zbornak on the massively popular comedy series "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992). Lovingly entrenched in the popular imagination for her wit, sarcasm, and peerless reaction shots, Arthur spent her post-"Golden" years working in television when she felt like it and doing musical theater acts. When she shockingly died of cancer in 2009, she was universally mourned as one of the all-time great comedic talents.

Relationships

Philip Frankel

Father
Operated a women's clothing shop with his wife

Rebecca Frankel

Mother
Operated a women's clothing shop with her husband

Robert Alan Aurthur Screenplay

Husband
Married during Arthur's time in the Marines c. 1943-45 Divorced; she took his surname and kept it with modified spelling

Gene Saks Actor

Husband
Married May 28, 1950 Divorced June 27, 1978

Daniel Saks

Son
Born May 8, 1964 adopted by Arthur and Saks

Matthew Saks

Son
Born July 14, 1961 adopted by Arthur and Saks

EDUCATION

Franklin Institute of Sciences and Art

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Dramatic Workshop of the School of Social Research

New York , New York
Studied acting with Erwin Piscator

Blackstone College

Blackstone , Virginia

Milestones

2005

Played Larry David's mother on the season five finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

2002

Made a return to Broadway starring in the one-woman show "Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends"; the show was nominated for a Tony award for Best Special Theatrical Event

2000

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role on FOX's "Malcolm in the Middle"

1998

Appeared in the Los Angeles production of Anne Meara's "After-Play"

1995

Acted in Jason Alexander's feature directorial debut, "For Better or Worse"

1995

Starred in the Los Angeles production of "Bermuda Avenue Triangle"; penned by Taylor and Bologna

1985

Appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen's "The Floating Light Bulb"

1985

Played the sarcastic, Dorothy Zbornak in the NBC sitcom, "The Golden Girls"

1983

Played the title character in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Amanda's"

1981

Acted in Mel Brooks' "History of the World, Part I"

1980

Hosted own TV special, "The Beatrice Arthur Special" (CBS)

1974

Reprised her "Mame" role opposite Lucille Ball in the poorly received film adaptation; again directed by husband Saks

1972

Played Maude Findlay, an outspoken liberal in the CBS series "Maude"

1970

Introduced the character of Maude, an outspoken liberal and Edith Bunker's cousin on CBS' "All in the Family"

1969

Featured in a comedy film based on the play by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, "Lovers and Other Strangers"

1966

Won a Tony Award starring opposite Angela Lansbury in Broadway's "Mame"; directed by then husband Gene Saks

1964

Portrayed Yente in Harnick and Bock's Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof"

1959

Feature acting debut, "That Kind of Woman"

1958

Opened Off-Broadway in "Ulysses in Nighttown"

1956

TV regular on the NBC variety program "Caesar's Hour"

1955

Broadway debut as Madame Suze in "Seventh Heaven"

1953

Received widespread acclaim as Lucy Brown in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera"

1951

First TV appearance was an episode of NBC's "Kraft Television Theatre"

1947

First stage role as "Lysistrata" at the Dramatic Workshop of the School of Social Research

1947

Professional stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of "Dog Beneath the Skin"

Raised in the Eastern Shore town of Camebridge, Maryland

Bonus Trivia

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On June 8, 2008, The Golden Girls was awarded the 'Pop Culture' award at the Sixth Annual TV Land Awards. Bea accepted the award with co-stars Rue McClanahan and Betty White.

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In 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Arthur was inducted into its hall of fame.

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