Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel, May 13 1922), also billed as Bea Arthur, is an Emmy and Tony Award winning American comedian, actor and singer.
She is known for her distinctive deep voice, acid wit and prominent stature, standing almost 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m).
In an ongoing career spanning six decades (beginning in 1947) and encompassing film, television, and theater, Arthur's trademark roles were as the title character on the 1970s sitcom Maude, and as a part of the ensemble on the long-running sitcom The Golden Girls.
Arthur was born in New York City to parents Rebecca (1902-1986) and Philip Frankel. In the 1930s, the family moved to Maryland, where they owned a women's clothing shop. After attending the now-defunct Blackstone College in Blackstone, Virginia, Arthur became a medical technologist before World War II.
Arthur was married twice - first briefly to Robert Alan Arthur, an author, whose surname she kept. Her second marriage (1950-1978) was to director Gene Saks, with...
Broadway: The Golden Age is a 2004 documentary by Rick McKay, telling the story of the "golden age" of Broadway by the oral history of the legendary actors of the 40s and 50s, incorporating rare lost footage of actual performances and never-before-seen personal home movies and photos.
The film, being the first installment of a trilogy, played in extended runs in theatres in over 135 cities in the summer of 2004, and was on 18 critics Top Ten Films of 2004 by year's end, including Leonard Maltin of Entertainment Tonight, Rex Reed, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Jeffrey Lyons of NBC and critics all over the country.The film includes live interviews (and a few appearances through archive footage) with the following:
Broadway: The Golden Age won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award for Best documentary at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0303797