+Beatrice Arthur (This celebrity is deceased)

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- New Test Result: received signed 8/10 photo

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Actress- Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls,Maude,All in the Family 




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sent:      03-02-2009

rcvd:     03-30-2009


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Born: 13. May 1922, USA

Died: 25 April 2009 (aged 86)


Nominated for 9 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations  

Bea Arthur, whose acerbic wit and dry delivery delighted national TV audiences on such long-running shows as "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," died Saturday at age 86.

She died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, he added, declining to give details.

Arthur won two Primetime Emmys for lead actress in a comedy series, for "Maude" in 1977 and "Golden Girls" in 1988. In all, she received 11 Emmy nominations and nine Golden Globe noms.

With her dry, husky voice and domineering height, Arthur's deadpan style led her to national prominence as a guest star on "All in the Family," playing Archie Bunker's liberal cousin and political nemesis. Her acidic exchanges with Archie were so popular that producer Norman Lear spun the character off into her own show, "Maude." The politically charged sitcom ran for six years beginning in 1972, satirizing and addressing many political and social issues of that era.

In 1966, Arthur won a Tony for her Broadway portrayal of Vera Charles in "Mame," directed by her then-husband Gene Saks.

Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922, in New York but was raised in Maryland. During her struggling-actress days, she paid the rent as a chanteuse, singing in nightclubs including New York's Blue Angel. A talented singer, she also made TV appearances on "The Perry Como Show" and, with comedians Wayne and Shuster, "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Arthur, along with Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, defied conventional TV wisdom: They won high ratings with a series centered on four older women in Miami. "Golden Girls" was a long-running hit and a syndication success. A tribute to the power of Arthur's contributions, "Maude" and "Golden Girls" were canceled when she withdrew from both shows.


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