Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur


5/13/1922, New York, New York



Birth Name

Bernice Frankel



Also Known As

Bea Arthur
  • Bea Arthur passed away at 86 on April 25...
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Beatrice Arthur, is an American actress and comedienne with a distinctive deep voice, acid wit, and height, standing almost 5 ft 10 in. Her notable television roles include the title role on the popular sitcom Maude in the 1970s and a starring role on The Golden Girls in…more


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    • Beatrice Arthur: (about playing the title role on "Maude") It made me feel like a middle-aged Cinderella. It was one hell of a series, for pushing the envelope as far as it did. Episodes about abortion, alcoholism, rape...I was proud of it.

    • Beatrice Arthur: Look, I'm 5 foot 9, I have a deep voice, and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can't stay home waiting for something different. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.

    • Beatrice Arthur: (about "The Golden Girls") Four elderly women living together in a house? It could never be. It could never happen. It was the first time that elderly people were seen as well-groomed and coiffed. They didn't smell bad. They had active sex lives. To this day, I'll wake up in the middle of the night, and I'll think of a line [from the show], and I'll be laughing so hard, I can't stop. It was wonderful.

    • Brian Forster, here playing the elf, is the grandson of actor Alan Napier, known to millions of fans of the TV series "Batman" as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's butler. Brian Forster would later go on to play Chris Partridge #2 on The Partridge Family, replacing Jeremy Gelbwaks in that role.

    • Beatrice Arthur: After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.

  • Her Amazing Performances & Excellent Comedic Timing Makes This Woman One's of Our Favorites

    Bea Arthur... Just that name makes me think of all the funny stuff she has done on television. Whether it's her noticeable voice, her catchphrase "God'll get you for that" from "Maude", or her possibly best known performance as Dorothy Zbornak from "The Golden Girls". She is truly one of my favorite female actors, and I got my reasons.

    First, she has great timing for comedy. Maude and The Golden Girls are AMAZING examples. Her facial expressions and great sharp tongue make me laugh out loud! Seriously though, they're both amazing shows.

    Anyways, all I can say is that this woman has excellent comedy, and we're missing here since her passing... I hope she's making people laugh up there as she did to the people down on Earth!moreless
  • Good actress.

    Well, even though I was a Golden Girls fan, at all, I must say I respected the actress Bea Arthur. She was talented as also funny in her own, dry way. I guess I remember her best on the show with fellow old women. She was pretty good at being the stern, mobile character that was always the one to be the punisher of the bunch. She will be appreciated for her work as an actress because she was one of the better actresses around at her age. Overall, I must say that I respected her and her work during that time. Thank you.moreless