Biography: Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York to Rebecca and Philip Frankel. She attended Blackstone College, and then moved to New York to study at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research. She married Robert Alan Aurthur. She then married actor and director Gene Saks, with whom she had her sons Matthew and Daniel.
Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "History of the World: Part I," "Mame," "Lovers and Other Strangers," "That Kind of Woman," "For Better or Worse," and "Enemies of Laughter." Television credits include: "The Golden Girls," "Maude," "Saturday Night Live," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Futurama," "All in the Family," and "Empty Nest."
Other Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Maude" in 1977. Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "The Golden Girls" in 1988.
Trivia: The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on April 28, 2009.