Bea Arthur

Tony and Emmy Award winner Beatrice Arthur, who began her career onstage but would later become better known as Maude (on TV's "Maude") and Dorothy Zbornak (on "The Golden Girls") died April 25, 2009, according to the Associated Press. She was 86 and was suffering from cancer. Born Bernice Frankel May 13, 1922, Beatrice (Bea) Arthur appeared at Off-Broadway's Theatre de Lys in the famed production of The Threepenny Opera, which featured Arthur as Lucy Brown and Lotte Lenya as Jenny.

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  • Also known as: Beatrice Arthur, Bernice Frankel
  • Born: May 13, 1922 in New York, New York
  • Death: Apr 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California


Outer Critics Circle
1966 Outstanding Performance Mame Winner
Tony Award
2002 Special Theatrical Event Bea Arthur on Broadway Nominee
1966 Featured Actress in a Musical Mame Winner