Born 1922 as Bernice Frankel in Brooklyn, New York, American actress and comedian Bea Arthur began her career on stage in 1947 and made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera in 1954.
Arthur 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.
Arthur’s film appearances also include Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) and Mame (1974). In 2002, she starred in the one-woman show Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends.
A private and introverted woman according to her friends, Arthur died of cancer at her home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles in 2009. She was two and a half weeks short of her 87th birthday.
These beautiful photos captured portrait of Bea Arthur in the 1970s.