Bea Arthur

D.O.B: May 13, 1922 | New York City, New York, USA

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Actress-comedienne famous for her acid wit. The majority of her work has been on the stage and in television, but she has made some films.

Biography

Actress-comedienne famous for her acid wit. The majority of her work has been on the stage and in television, but she has made some films. She was a regular on Sid Caesars show Caesars Hour (1954) for one season in the 1950s. She first gained attention on stage while appearing in the musical play The Threepenny Opera with Lotte Lenya. Then, in 1964, she truly became famous when she appeared in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof as Yente the Matchmaker. In this supporting role, she stole the show night after night. In 1966, she went to work on a new Broadway musical, Mame, directed by her second husband, Gene Saks. For the featured role of Vera Charles in Mame she won a Tony. The star of the show, Angela Lansbury, also won a Tony. In 1971, Bea appeared on the hit sitcom All in the Family (1971) as Maude Findlay, Edith Bunkers cousin, who was forever driving Archie Bunker crazy with her liberal politics. This guest appearance led to her own series, entitled Maude (1972), in 1972. The show was a hit, and ran for six years, during which time many controversial topics, including abortion, were tackled.