Friday, January 23, 2015

Bea Arthur: 1922 - 2009

 Born Bernice Frankel, Bea was born in NYC,
and raised in Cambridge, Maryland. 
She joined the Marines during WWII.
She started as a private, but worked her way up to Staff Sergeant.

 From Three Penny Opera,

 And in the original cast of Fiddler on the Roof,
Bea played Yente, the Matchmaker.
Here she is (center) and the recording session for the album,
with Maria Karnilova and Zero Mostel.
 With Jane Connell and Angela Lansbury
in Mame, 1966.

 Bea repeated her role as Vera Charles
in the movie version of Mame, 1974,
with Lucille Ball.

 Close up on the hat!

 Post Maude...pre Golden Girls,
Bea in 1981.

 On the Golden Girls set,
with Estelle Geddes, Rue McClanahan and Betty White.

A promo shot for her one-woman show,
Just Between Friends, 2002.
When asked about her major influences, 
Bea  named the following three:
"Sid Caeser taught me the outrageous; Lee Strasberg taught me what I call reality; and Lotte Lenya, whom I adored, taught me economy."

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