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Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

Birthday: 13 May 1922, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: Bernice Frankel
Height: 177 cm

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in he ...Show More

Bea Arthur
I've been a Democrat my whole life. That's what makes Maude and Dorothy so believable, we have the s Show more I've been a Democrat my whole life. That's what makes Maude and Dorothy so believable, we have the same viewpoints on how our country should be handled. Hide
As an artist. As an important artist. As an artist. As an important artist.
I don't think they realized how completely vulnerable I am. Matter of fact, I may start crying right Show more I don't think they realized how completely vulnerable I am. Matter of fact, I may start crying right now; if you let me. Hide
[In 1978]: Norman has had an idea some time ago in which Maude becomes a congresswoman and moves to Show more [In 1978]: Norman has had an idea some time ago in which Maude becomes a congresswoman and moves to Washington. Norman said if you go on for another year, we'll do it in Washington with a new cast. And if you don't, it's a hell of a way to end the show. Hide
[In 1973]: There comes a morning when you wake up and realize you're not Barbra Streisand. If a woma Show more [In 1973]: There comes a morning when you wake up and realize you're not Barbra Streisand. If a woman my age is still fighting for roles, it can only mean there's something missing from her personal life. Hide
And I hate autobiographies, I don't know why. And I hate autobiographies, I don't know why.
At least I'm not playing other people for a change. It's a very odd place to be... I feel I'm an act Show more At least I'm not playing other people for a change. It's a very odd place to be... I feel I'm an actress who sings a bit. Hide
[on her reclusive final days]: I like to be myself and rest. [on her reclusive final days]: I like to be myself and rest.
[In 1976]: Other than that it was a fun show to do. But I'll tell you one thing. That's the first an Show more [In 1976]: Other than that it was a fun show to do. But I'll tell you one thing. That's the first and last time you'll see me on a horse - white or any color. The first person to suggest I do a Matt Dillon impression is not going to walk without pain for a week! Hide
[In 1972]: No, no, don't call me Ms. I don't go along with this liberation thing. Liberation from wh Show more [In 1972]: No, no, don't call me Ms. I don't go along with this liberation thing. Liberation from what? Hide
[In 1975]: If I could only repeal the law of gravity. [In 1975]: If I could only repeal the law of gravity.
Let's face it, nobody ever asked me to play Juliet. Let's face it, nobody ever asked me to play Juliet.
[When she gained popularity as the fifty-something Maude Findlay on Maude]: This show was every bit Show more [When she gained popularity as the fifty-something Maude Findlay on Maude]: This show was every bit as tough as the analysis' show, but at least I wasn't out there all alone so that made it almost bearable. Of course the fact that we all had the flu and none of us had had time for Christmas shopping didn't make it easier. Hide
After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno. After being in the business for such a long time, I've done everything but rodeo and porno.
All this time I've just wanted to be blonde, beautiful and 5 feet 2 inches tall. All this time I've just wanted to be blonde, beautiful and 5 feet 2 inches tall.
I really feel that I'm an exposed nerve... I don't know how else to say it, but I am. I'm moved by e Show more I really feel that I'm an exposed nerve... I don't know how else to say it, but I am. I'm moved by everything. Hide
I've seen so many excellent actors - excellent actors - who the minute they're told they're in a com Show more I've seen so many excellent actors - excellent actors - who the minute they're told they're in a comedy turn into god knows what - creatures from another planet! I mean they just.. the voice changes, they don't look the same, it's like - it has no similarity to any living human being, do you know what I mean? Or don't you? And I'm not talking about Sylvester Stallone... but there's a good example. You know what I mean? It comes down to what I said at the beginning of this: belief, truth... It's truth. Hide
[on the cancelation of The Golden Girls (1985)]: I stayed with it for 7 years. I think, definitely, Show more [on the cancelation of The Golden Girls (1985)]: I stayed with it for 7 years. I think, definitely, I made the right decision, cause we had highs that we couldn't top. Hide
[When a knock on the front door produced the lady in tennis shoes]: I hope you won't be afraid of Ge Show more [When a knock on the front door produced the lady in tennis shoes]: I hope you won't be afraid of George and Julie, they're really very friendly. Hide
[on the cancelation of Maude (1972)]: I have had six full years. It's been glorious, I've loved ever Show more [on the cancelation of Maude (1972)]: I have had six full years. It's been glorious, I've loved every minute of it. But it has been six years and I think it's time to leave. Hide
Look -- I'm 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I ca Show more Look -- I'm 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can't stay home waiting for something different. I think it's a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting. Hide
In sitcoms, the women are so beautiful, understanding and well-bred. They have humor, but sort of di Show more In sitcoms, the women are so beautiful, understanding and well-bred. They have humor, but sort of display it with a twinkle of the eye and not a guffaw. But there's no juice in that for me. Hide
[When she won the 1966 Broadway Tony Award for her portrayal of Vera Charles in Mame]: I just learne Show more [When she won the 1966 Broadway Tony Award for her portrayal of Vera Charles in Mame]: I just learned that expression. Hide
I really feel all my adult life has been spent in that little black box. If a wonderful part on TV c Show more I really feel all my adult life has been spent in that little black box. If a wonderful part on TV came along I would do it. But I don't want to do a recurring role. It would just be my luck that the thing would be successful. I'm old enough now and also secure enough financially that I really only want to do what I want to do. Hide
[on playing "Vera Charles" in Mame (1974)] You know, the real name of this show is "Vera". The only Show more [on playing "Vera Charles" in Mame (1974)] You know, the real name of this show is "Vera". The only reason they changed the name was because Jerry [lyricist Jerry Herman] couldn't think of a rhyme for it. Stephen Sondheim could have. Hide
[on the death of Estelle Getty in 2008]: Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest co Show more [on the death of Estelle Getty in 2008]: Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her. Hide
[In 1985, about her devotion to the elderly, taking over from her mother's suicide]: She had all her Show more [In 1985, about her devotion to the elderly, taking over from her mother's suicide]: She had all her marbles, she was in great shape, but she was almost totally deaf and almost totally blind, and really just wanted out. It was really something, anyway, you do what you have to do. So. Why are all these people suffering from AIDS? You think-do it. Don't prolong it. I'm sure I don't feel any different from anybody else about that...I would rather they died than see the terrible ravages of this horrendous disease. Hide
[In 2001, when asked whether she was also credited as Jane Ross] Why, I never heard of that! My name Show more [In 2001, when asked whether she was also credited as Jane Ross] Why, I never heard of that! My name? You mean, my real name? Are you serious? It's the first I've heard of that. The first I've heard of that! What does that mean? No one ever consulted me. No, in the movie that I made with Jason Alexander called For Better or Worse (1995), I absolutely refused screen credit, because I felt the part wasn't that important, and I didn't feel that I did that great a job in it. But I don't remember a pseudonym. Hide
Bea Arthur's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (46)
Bea Arthur Bea Arthur'S roles
Femputer
Femputer

Dorothy Zbornak
Dorothy Zbornak

Vera Charles
Vera Charles

Herself, Herself - Host, Various
Herself, Herself - Host, Various

Maude Findlay
Maude Findlay

Mrs. White
Mrs. White

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