If a wonderful part on TV came along I would do it. Has resided in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, California, for 37 years, from 1972-2009. Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, to Jewish parents Philip and Rebecca Frankel. Her brief first marriage ended in divorce. She also won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway musical Mame. During her military career, Arthur's rank went from private to corporal to sergeant to staff sergeant, the title she held upon her honorable discharge in September 1945. For one season in the 1950's, she was a regular on Sid Caesar's television show,Caesar's Hour (1954). In May 2013 a nude painting of her sold for $1.9 million in New York City. The show was a hit, running for six years, during which many controversial topics of the time, including abortion, were tackled, and Bea won her first Emmy Award. I really feel all my adult life has been spent in that little black box. Family spokesman Dan Watt says the 86-year-old actress, who was born Bernice Frankel in New York City in … During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the family, which included Arthur’s two sisters, moved to Cambridge, Maryland, where her parents opened a clothing store. All this time I've just wanted to be blonde, beautiful and 5 feet 2 inches tall. When Arthur was 11, her family moved to Cambridge, Maryland, in 1933. As a girl, Arthur attended Linden Hall School for Girls, an all girls school in Lititz, Pennsylvania, where she was voted "The Wittiest Girl in High School". 36348603, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend. Before she was a successful actress and comedienne, Bea Arthur was one of the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine. While doing Maude (1972), Arthur repeated the role of Vera Charles in the film version of Mame (1974), again directed by Gene Saks, but it was a dismal flop. Arthur won Emerson College's Musical Theater Society's Achievement Award in 2000. Add the template {{editprotected}} to the talk page along with your corrections, and it will be brought to the attention of the administrators. They appeared together for the last time in 1998, at the TV Land Awards, receiving a standing ovation as they accepted the Pop Culture Award. But I don't want to do a recurring role. Why are all these people suffering from AIDS? [In 1978]: Norman has had an idea some time ago in which Maude becomes a congresswoman and moves to Washington. Estelle Gettleman (née Scher; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008), known professionally as Estelle Getty, was an American actress and comedienne best known for her portrayal of Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls (1985–1992), a role she reprised for appearances … Was the only cast member to appear in all 141 episodes of. Norman said if you go on for another year, we'll do it in Washington with a new cast. You know what I mean? Of course the fact that we all had the flu and none of us had had time for Christmas shopping didn't make it easier. 3. Please note that due to our archival policy, we will not alter or update the content of articles that are archived, but will only accept requests to make grammatical and formatting corrections. She also sublet her apartment on Central Park West in New York City and her country home in Bedford, New York. [In 1985, about her devotion to the elderly, taking over from her mother's suicide]: She had all her marbles, she was in great shape, but she was almost totally deaf and almost totally blind, and really just wanted out. Bea Benaderet Jack Benny Leonard Bernstein Carl Betz Amanda Blake Art Blakey Humphrey Bogart Paul Brinegar ... >> list smoking as the cause of death. She did a one-woman stage show in 2001, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Beatrice Arthur, an American actress, died at the age of 86 on Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles, California, according to a spokesperson. Got a correction? Her parents, Philip and Rebecca (née Pressner) Frankel, both Jewish, were managers at a woman's department store in Cambridge, Maryland. Rue McClalahan, who co-starred with Arthur in both series, said she will "miss her courage [and] her voice". In 2002 she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for her one-woman show "Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends". But there's no juice in that for me. She was frequently referenced in dialogue as being the favorite actress and an icon to the Marvel Comics' character Deadpool. She was survived by her two sons, Matthew and Daniel, and her grandchildren, Kyra and Violet. She was stationed at Marine Corps and Navy air stations in Virginia and North Carolina. Before becoming a successful actress and comedienne, she was employed to sing on weekends, occasionally, for $2 a night, in Cambridge, Maryland. Just a few days after her death, the Broadway community paid tribute to Arthur by dimming the marquees of New York City's Broadway theater district in her memory for one minute at 8:00 p.m. 29-30. In 1985, came The Golden Girls (1985) made its debut. [When a knock on the front door produced the lady in tennis shoes]: I hope you won't be afraid of George and Julie, they're really very friendly. They just assumed I was the Joan of Arc of the women’s movement. After the show ended, so did her marriage to Saks. And if you don't, it's a hell of a way to end the show. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Directed her family that no funeral be held after her passing. 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Just a few days after her death, the Broadway community paid tribute to Arthur by dimming the marquees of New York City's Broadway theater district in her memory for one minute at 8:00 p.m. Though Estelle Getty played her mother in The Golden Girls (1985), Estelle was one year younger than Bea. The first person to suggest I do a Matt Dillon impression is not going to walk without pain for a week! At least I'm not playing other people for a change. [When she gained popularity as the fifty-something Maude Findlay on Maude]: This show was every bit as tough as the analysis' show, but at least I wasn't out there all alone so that made it almost bearable. I'm old enough now and also secure enough financially that I really only want to do what I want to do. Liberation from what? She also starred in The Golden Girls. Born in New York City in 1922, Arthur was probably most famous for her role in the American TV series The Golden Girls, where she played Dorothy Zbornak, and her role in Maude. Arthur had been suffering from cancer for some time. She should be doing comedy instead. Arthur kept a low profile, appearing in only two movies: For Better or Worse (1995) and Enemies of Laughter (2000).In 1999, Arthur made an appearance at The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller (1999). At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her dream was to be in show business, but didn't think her family would support her on that. |  The show's star, Angela Lansbury, also won a Tony Award, and she and Bea became lifelong friends. [In 1973]: There comes a morning when you wake up and realize you're not Barbra Streisand. I've seen so many excellent actors - excellent actors - who the minute they're told they're in a comedy turn into god knows what - creatures from another planet! And I wasn’t at all. She then worked as a laboratory technician, drove a truck, and worked as a typist in the Marine Corps. The center plans to name the building The Bea Arthur Residence for LGBT Homeless Youth. She did not like to watch her own performances on television or film. So. Won an award of achievement from Emerson College's Musical Theater Society, in Boston, Massachusetts. https://www.thecelebritydeaths.com/bea-arthurs-death-cause-and-date Legally changed her name from Bernice Frankel to Bea Arthur, a variation of. I'm moved by everything. ISBN 0816023387. In 1966 she won a Tony Award as Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for playing Vera Charles in "Mame", a part she recreated in the film version by the same name. She was 86. He was in a long roster of television series, most notably the situation comedy "The Golden Girls," in which he played Bea Arthur… It put a lot of unnecessary pressure on me.” (Bea Arthur), Copyright © 2020 /  The Celebrity Deaths.com  /  All Rights Reserved. Matter of fact, I may start crying right now; if you let me. After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno. But I'll tell you one thing. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Bea Arthur (13 May 1922–25 Apr 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. In 1992, The Golden Girls (1985) was canceled. In 2014, five years after Arthur's death, her sister, Kay, who lived in Montreal, Quebec, died at age 88. "With all the improvements and all the people who've become so much more knowledgeable, there's still an enormous amount of vicious homophobia," said Arthur in a 2001 interview with Out Magazine. Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. pg. Note that some listed sources or external links may no longer be available online due to age. She and Golden Girls costar Estelle Getty were posthumously inducted as Disney Legends in 2009. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. In 1964, she became truly famous as Yente the Matchmaker, in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof". She played Dorothy Zbornak from 1985 to 1993, but only made one guest appearance on the spinoff. "Bea was such an important part of a very happy time in my life and I have dearly loved her for a very long time," said Betty White, one of Arthur's co-stars on The Golden Girls to Access Hollywood. That's what makes Maude and Dorothy so believable, we have the same viewpoints on how our country should be handled. I've been a Democrat my whole life. While a small supporting role, Arthur stole the show night after night.In 1966, she went to work on a new Broadway musical, "Mame", directed by her second husband, Gene Saks, winning a Tony Award for the featured role of Vera Charles. I can't stay home waiting for something different. Later she attended Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Virginia, where she was active in drama productions. She is survived by two granddaughters, Kyra and Violet. Publicity Listings The producers realized the shows wouldn't be the same without her. And I hate autobiographies, I don't know why. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting. You think-do it. I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit. Was 5'9-1/2" by the time she was 12 years old. Co-starring Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, the show was about the lives of three middle-aged women, and one's elderly mother, (played by Getty, who was actually younger than White and Arthur), living in Miami. She left when she thought each show was at its peak. [In 1972]: No, no, don't call me Ms. While appearing in Maude (1972), she raised her two sons, whom she had adopted with husband Gene Saks. New York: Facts on File, 1992. [In 2001, when asked whether she was also credited as, The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.