Bea Arthur

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May 23, 2022

Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; New York, May 13, 1922 - Los Angeles, California, April 25, 2009), known as Bea Arthur, was an American actress, comedian, and singer. During her 70-year artistic career, she worked in film, theater and television. She participated in numerous musicals on Broadway and in the so-called "Off-Broadway", and in other cities of her country. He was also the star of two successful long-running television sitcoms: Maude, which ran on CBS from 1972 to 1978 (141 episodes), and The Golden Girls, in which he shared credits with Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan and Betty White. which aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992. Her performances earned her numerous awards and accolades, including two Emmys and a Tony Award.

Biography

She was born Bernice Frankel to Jewish parents, Philip and Rebekah Frankel in New York on May 13, 1922. In 1933, her family moved to Cambridge, Maryland, where her parents ran a women's clothing store. She attended Linden Hall High School, an all-girls school in Lititz, Pennsylvania, before enrolling in the now-defunct Blackstone School for Girls in Blackstone, Virginia, where she appeared in some stage productions. From 1947, she Bea Arthur studied at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York with the German director Erwin Piscator. Arthur began her career as a member of an Off-Broadway theater group at New York's Cherry Lane Theater in the late 1940s. On stage, her roles included the Mother in Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author (1948), Lucy Brown in the 1954 off-Broadway premiere of the English adaptation of Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. as Marc Blitzstein, Yente the Matchmaker in the 1964 Broadway premiere of Fiddler on the Roof, and portraying Vera Charles in which Angela Lansbury won the 1966 Tony Award for her role in Mame.[1] She reprized the role. in the 1974 film opposite Lucille Ball.[2] In 1981, she appeared in the Woody Allen film The Floating Light Bulb. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1994 playing the Duchess of Krakenthorp, a speaking role, in Gaetano Donizetti's La fille du regiment. In 1971, Arthur was invited by Norman Lear to guest star in the comedy All in the Family, as Maude Findlay, Edith Bunker's cousin. An outspoken liberal feminist, Maude was the antithesis of the bigoted conservative Archie Bunker, who denounced her as a "New Deal" fanatic. After nearly 50 years, Bea Arthur's life took a turn, appealing to viewers and CBS executives, whom she would later remember with the question: Who is this girl? let's give him her own series. This series began after her second appearance in All in the Family, which would bear the title of Maude. The series began in 1972, in which Maude was living in the affluent community of Tuckahoe, in Westchester County, New York, with her husband Walter (Bill Macy) and her divorced daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau). ). Her performance as Maude de Ella earned her several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including the 1977 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Her face, however, is associated with the role of Dorothy Zbornak, a middle-aged divorcee who shares an apartment with her mother Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty), and her friends Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan) and Rose Nylund (Betty White) in Las Vegas. golden girls (1985-1992), one of the most successful series of the eighties. In the show, Dorothy displayed an acid and sarcastic humor that delighted the public.

Last years

Over the years, her work decreased but even so she continued to make special appearances in television series such as The Golden Palace (in 1992), a series of