Beatrice 'Bea' Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress and comedian.
Arthur began her career on stage in 1947 and made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 1954.
She won the 1966 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for playing Vera Charles in Mame.
She went on to play Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family (1971–72) and Maude (1972–78), and Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–92), winning Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1977 and 1988.
Her film appearances included Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and Mame (1974).
In 2002, she starred in the one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.