Today, we joyfully commemorate the remarkable life of the iconic Bea Arthur on what would have been her birthday. Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like Bea?

Born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City, she graced stages and screens with her immense talent as an actress, comedian, and singer. Her journey began in 1947, swiftly earning acclaim and eventually captivating audiences worldwide with unforgettable performances.

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In the 1970s, Bea ascended to household fame with her portrayal of the fearless Maude Findlay in the sitcoms "All in the Family" and "Maude" garnering critical acclaim and an Emmy Award. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, she continued to enchant audiences as Dorothy Zbornak in "The Golden Girls," earning another Emmy and solidifying her status as a comedic luminary.

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Her contributions extended beyond the small screen, earning her a Tony Award for her stage performance in "Mame" and a place in the Television Hall of Fame in 2008. Bea's cinematic ventures, including roles in "Lovers and Other Strangers" and the film adaptation of "Mame" showcased her versatility and magnetic presence.

Yet, her impact transcended her professional achievements. Bea Arthur stood as a beacon of equality and an advocate for the elderly, women, and the Jewish community, leaving an indelible mark through her charitable endeavors and unwavering support for causes dear to her heart. Arthur was also considered a queer icon, taking up the issue of LGBTQ+ homeless children.

Today, we honor Bea Arthur's enduring legacy, a testament to the transformative power of talent, humor, and empathy. Though she may have left us, her laughter and spirit continue to echo in our hearts. Rest in peace, dear Bea, your legacy lives on.

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