The Death of Bea Arthur Golden Girl Maude

“I’ve done everything but rodeo and porno.” 

by Mark Langlois

Legendary comic actress Bea Arthur told it like it was – on stage and off. Her ‘pull no punches’ approach can be summed up from her scene in the film: History of the World: Part I. As a clerk in ancient Rome’s unemployment office, Bea asks for Mel Brooks’ occupation. He replies, “I’m a stand-up philosopher” and Bea barks back,”Oh, a BULLSHIT ARTIST!”

Born Bernice Frankel in New York City on May 13, 1922, she and her family soon moved to Cambridge, Maryland where her parents owned a ladies clothing shop. 

Bea became amedical technologist before World War II. Bea stated that growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she used to “date guys from the University of Maryland Medical School.” After one “loathsome” season interning at the local hospital she decided to switch careers and head for New York to study drama at the New School for Social Research. Bea joked, ”I always wanted to be — not an actress — but I always wanted to be a very tiny blondestarlet like June Allyson.” The 5 foot 9 1/2 inch tall Bea Arthur’s acting career did take off – first on Broadway (she originated the role of Yenta the matchmaker in 1964’s Fiddler on the Roof) and later on television.

Bea did a stint as a truck driver in the Marines.  TRUE.

I stand by what I saidto her: I truly believe that more people retained the knowledge aboutwomen’s rights, through theme from Maude.