Bea Arthur

Bea Arthur

Highest Rated: 100% Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)

Lowest Rated: 33% Mame (1974)

Birthday: May 13, 1922

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

As much a cultural institution as a famed actress of stage and screen, Beatrice Arthur was immediately recognizable for her towering physique, caustic wit and sonorous baritone voice. She first came to prominence on Broadway, originating the role of Yente the Matchmaker in "Fiddler on the Roof" opposite Zero Mostel and winning a Tony for playing Vera Charles in "Mame," but television would be where she made her greatest impact. As Maude Findlay, the acerbic title character of the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "Maude" (CBS, 1972-78), Arthur embodied a feminist intellectual who never shrank from tackling controversial issues, including abortion. Arthur won an Emmy for her iconic portrayal, and won another - as well as the opportunity to create an equally beloved character - in the next decade as Dorothy Zbornak on the massively popular comedy series "The Golden Girls" (NBC, 1985-1992). Lovingly entrenched in the popular imagination for her wit, sarcasm, and peerless reaction shots, Arthur spent her post-"Golden" years working in television when she felt like it and doing musical theater acts. When she shockingly died of cancer in 2009, she was universally mourned as one of the all-time great comedic talents.

Highest rated movies

Lovers and Other Strangers




83% 92% Broadway: The Golden Age Self - 2004
No Score Yet 0% For Better or Worse Beverly Makeshift (Character) $25.9K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet My First Love Jean Miller (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beatrice Arthur Special Unknown (Character) - 1980
33% 48% Mame Vera Charles (Character) - 1974
100% 73% Lovers and Other Strangers Bea Vecchio (Character) - 1970


No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to the Grind Self 2007
92% 95% Curb Your Enthusiasm Larry's Mother (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 91% Malcolm in the Middle Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 2003
No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2002
93% 95% Futurama Femputer (Guest Voice) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dave's World Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 93% The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak (Character) 1985-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amanda's Amanda Cartwright (Character) 1983
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Maude Findlay (Character) 1972-1978
No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Character) 1952