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  • Bea Arthur

    Born on May 13, 1922 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

The Golden Girls (1985)

Bea Arthur as "Dorothy Zbornak"

Four mature women live together in Miami and experience the joys and angst of their golden years. Strong-willed Dorothy, spacey Rose, lusty Southern belle Blanche and matriarch Sophia, Dorothy's mom, occasionally clash but are there for one another in the end. After all, when the show's theme song is titled ``Thank You for Being a Friend,'' the ladies have to remain friendly with one another.

Emmy (Primetime) (1989) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1989) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1988) Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1988) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1987) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1987) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1986) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1986) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Mame (1974)

Bea Arthur as "Vera Charles"

Wiped out by the crash of '29, a woman (Lucille Ball) marries a Georgia millionaire (Robert Preston) and lives life to the fullest.

Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Maude (1972)

Bea Arthur as "Maude Findlay"

Sitcoms come and go. And then there's ``Maude,'' the groundbreaking Norman Lear comedy. The show revolves around Maude Findlay, a very outspoken middle-class woman who wears her liberal politics on her sleeve and shares her home in suburban Tuckahoe, N.Y., with fourth husband Walter; her divorced daughter, Carol; and Carol's adolescent son, Phillip. Walter and Maude's best friends are next-door neighbors Dr. Arthur and Vivian Harmon. Among the domestic help that Maude helps ``liberate'' during the run of the show are Florida Evans and Mrs. Nell Naugatuck.

Emmy (Primetime) (1978) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1978) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1977) Won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Emmy (Primetime) (1976) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Emmy (Primetime) (1974) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1974) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe (1973) Nominated Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

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