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Birth Name: Bea Arthur
Born: 05/13/1922
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 04/25/2009

Born Beatrice Frankel on May 13, 1922, in New York City, she grew up in Maryland. During World War II, Arthur was one of the first women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps., where she served as a medical technician. In the early 1950s, Arthur discovered acting and became a noted stage actress. Over the next two decades, she won rave reviews for her performances in such productions as Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" and "Fiddler on the Roof." In the latter, Arthur originated the role of Yente the Matchmaker opposite the great Zero Mostel. In 1966, the actress won a coveted Tony award for her portrayal of Vera Charles in the Broadway production of "Mame" - a role she would later repr... Continue Bio >>

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