Before She Was A “Golden Girl,” Bea Arthur Was One Of The First Female Marines

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“I’m 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice, and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can’t stay home waiting for something different. I think it’s a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.” These are golden words by the Golden Girl, Bea Arthur. A popular American actress, who made the audience roll on the floor with her dead on comic timing, Bea appeared in the sitcoms ‘All in the Family’ and later ‘The Golden Girls’. Bea Arthur was the name she adopted after entering the world of showbiz; she was originally named Bernice Frankel. Read on to find out few other interesting facts about our beloved ‘Maude’.

Bea was just out of school when World War II started and decided to do her part for her nation, by enrolling in the United States Army. She was one among the first woman marines in the country. She was assigned the jobs of a truck driver and typist as a part of the women’s military reserve contingent of the United States.


The following is an image, from the archives of US army, which show Bea posing for her identification card in 1943. Though the reasons were not made public, the marine was honorably discharged of her duties, two years later.


Bea then went on to pursue her love of stage and honed her acting skills under German director Erwin Piscator. The actress impressed everyone with her performance in the 1971 sitcom ‘All in the Family’, where she portrayed the part of a vociferous feminist Maude Findlay.


She then reprised her character of Maude in the series of the same name, which was on-air for six glorious seasons. However the highest point in her acting career came in 1985, when she was chosen for the cast of TV sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’.


The Golden Girls quickly became a part of every American household and the rib-tickling show remained on air for seven years. The emphatic actress who was never afraid to give a piece of her mind passed away in 2009 leaving a hole in the hearts of her fans that probably can never be filled.


Via: American Overlook

This video showcasing Dorothy’s final moments on the Golden Girls made us realize that this was probably the hardest goodbyes we ever bid. Dorothy you’ll always be remembered.


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