• Bea Arthur is a TV legend 
  • She was best know for 'Golden Girls'
  • THESE are some facts many fans don't know

From her breakthrough role as "Maude Findlay" to her beloved character "Dorothy Zbornak" in 'The Golden Girls,' Bea Arthur’s career spanned various genres and garnered her numerous accolades. Here are some facts about her many fans don't know. Before finding success on television, Bea Arthur had a successful career on Broadway.

Bea Arthur is an American gem

She won a Tony Award for her role as "Vera Charles" in the musical 'Mame'. She was a passionate animal rights activist and supporter of animal welfare organizations.

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She even founded her own organization, Actors and Others for Animals. During World War II, Arthur served in the United States Marine Corps, becoming one of the few women to serve in the Marines at the time...

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