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Bea Arthur

Performer, Writer
( b. May 13, 1922 New York, New York, USA - d. Apr 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Also known as: Beatrice Arthur
Bernice Frankel [Birthname]
Relations: Wife of Gene Saks (1950 - 1978) divorced

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.

The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in her honor on April 28, 2009.

ProductionsDate of Productions
Bea Arthur on Broadway
[Special, Comedy,Solo, Original]
  • Starring: Bea Arthur [Performer]
  • Conceived by Bea Arthur
Feb 17, 2002 - Apr 14, 2002
The Floating Light Bulb
[Play, Original]
  • Starring: Beatrice Arthur [Enid Pollack]
Apr 27, 1981 - Jun 21, 1981
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Beatrice Arthur [Vera Charles]
May 24, 1966 - Jan 03, 1970
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original]
  • Also Starring: Beatrice Arthur [Yente]
Sep 22, 1964 - Jul 02, 1972
Nature's Way
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Beatrice Arthur [Nadine Fesser]
Oct 16, 1957 - Dec 07, 1957
Threepenny Opera
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Beatrice Arthur [Lucy Brown]
Sep 20, 1955 - Dec 17, 1961
Seventh Heaven
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Beatrice Arthur [Mme. Suze]
May 26, 1955 - Jul 02, 1955
Plain and Fancy
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Understudy: Beatrice Arthur [Ruth Winters]
Jan 27, 1955 - Mar 03, 1956
Threepenny Opera
[Musical, Drama, Operetta, Revival]
  • Starring: Beatrice Arthur [Lucy Brown]
Mar 10, 1954 - May 30, 1954
Special EventsDate of Special Events
Angela Lansbury - A Celebration
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Starring: Bea Arthur [Performer]
Nov 17, 1996 - Nov 17, 1996
1966 Tony Award® Best Featured Actress in a Musical
winner Mame [winner]
Also Starring: Beatrice Arthur
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