Bea Arthur, born Bernice Frankel, passed away after a battle with cancer Saturday in Los Angeles. A Tony Award winning theater actress, including a role as “Yente the Matchmaker” in the 1964 premiere of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, Arthur began her TV career as Maude Bunker’s feminist cousin in All in the Family. She was the title character in the spinoff show Maude for which she won an Emmy in 1977 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Later she appeared in The Golden Girls where her role garnered another Emmy win in 1988. She left the show after 7 years but continued working and even appeared as Larry David’s Mother in Curb Your Enthusiasm. Arthur was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2008. She is survived by two sons, Matthew and Daniel and a sister in Montreal. Bea Arthur will be remembered for her unique style, her talent and her ground breaking performances on stage and screen.
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