Beatrice Arthur Biography (1926-)

Born Bernice Frankel, May 13, 1926 (some sources say 1923), in New York, NY;daughter of Philip and Rebecca Frankel; married Gene Saks (an actor and director), May 28, 1950 (divorced, 1978); was also married to Robert Alan Arthur (marriage ended); children: two sons. Education: Attended Blackstone College and Franklin Institute of Science and Arts; trained for the stage at New School for Social Research with Erwin Piscator. Career: Actress. Nightclub performer, beginning in 1948; Tamiment Theatre, PA, resident comedienne, 1953. Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild,American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Awards, Honors: Donaldson Award nomination, best performance, 1955, for Shoestring Revue; Antoinette Perry Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, best supporting actress in a musical, 1966, both for Mame; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding leading actress in a comedy series, 1976, and Emmy Award, outstanding leading actress in a comedy series, 1977, both for Maude; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, 1988, for The Golden Girls;Award of Excellence, Banff Television Festival, 1990.

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May 13, 1926
New York, New York, United States

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