Bea Arthur, famous for roles in the award-winning sitcoms Maude and The Golden Girls, passed away Saturday at the age of 86. Arthur is said to have died peacefully with her family after succumbing to cancer.
On the Golden Girls, which aired from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s on NBC, Arthur portrayed Dorothy Zbornak alongside actresses Estelle Getty (who passed away last July), Betty White, and Rue McClanahan as a group of women in their older years with plenty of moxie. The show won several Emmys over its run, including at least one for each of its actresses.
On Maude, which ran on CBS from 1972 to 1978, Arthur played the title character, an outspoken liberal woman who was originally featured in All in the Family. She won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress for the role in 1977.
Prior to her television career, Arthur gained stature as a stage actress. She won a Tony Award in the 1970s for Mame.