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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

Born Bernice Frankel, Beatrice (Bea) Arthur appeared at Off-Broadway's Theatre de Lys in the famed production of The Threepenny Opera, which featured Arthur as Lucy Brown and Lotte Lenya as Jenny.

Ms. Arthur's Broadway career began in 1955 with the original musical Plain and Fancy and continued with roles in Seventh Heaven and Nature's Way, but it was her work as Yente (the matchmaker) in the original 1964 staging of Fiddler on the Roof that won the attention of audiences and critics.

Ms. Arthur won a Tony Award two years later for her performance as the boozy Vera Charles in the original production of Jerry Herman's Mame, which cast Angela Lansbury in the title role. Ms. Arthur would later reprise the role of Vera on film opposite the Mame of Lucille Ball.

Ms. Arthur would return to Broadway only two more times following Mame: in the play The Floating Light Bulb and in her one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway, which was nominated for a 2002 Tony Award for Special Theatrical Event.

She was nominated for a total of 11 Emmy Awards, winning two: one for her work in "Maude" and the second for her work on "The Golden Girls." Ms. Arthur's most recent Emmy nomination was in 2000 for her guest appearance on "Malcolm in the Middle."

Source: Playbill.com

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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