Bea (Frankel) Arthur
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Bernice (Frankel) Arthur (1922 - 2009)

Bernice (Bea) "Beatrice" Arthur formerly Frankel
Born in New York, New York, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married about 17 Feb 1947 (to about 1950) in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, United Statesmap
Wife of — married about 1950 (to about 1980) [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Born 13 May 1922 in New York, New York, Bernice Frankel, daughter of Philip and Rebecca Frankel, would grow up to become beloved actress, singer and comedian Bea Arthur.

When Bernice was eleven, her family moved from New York to Cambridge, Maryland, where she attended Linden Hall School for girls and then went on to Blackstone College for Girls. During World War II, Bernice served in the United States Marine Corps. [1]

Arthur is best known for her role as Maude on All in the Family and then Dorothy on The Golden Girls. Her performance as Maude was so successful that the network went on to give the actress her own show revolving around that character.

Bea, a liberal Democrat, was a lifelong champion of civil rights for women, the elderly, and the Jewish and LGBT communities.

In 2008, Arthur was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. She was a recipient of a Tony Award and also received the second most nominations for a PrimeTime Emmy Award with 9. Only Mary Tyler Moore had more, with 10.

On 25 April 2009, Bea succumbed to cancer and passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California. She was cremated.


  1. Official Military Personnel File for Beatrice Arthur
  • Bea Arthur's Wikipedia article
  • 1930 census: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 January 2017), Philip Frankel, Bronx (Districts 1-250), Bronx, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 171, sheet 12A, line 9, family 3, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1468; FHL microfilm 2,341,203.
  • 1940 census: "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 8 January 2017), Philip Frankel, Ward 1, Cambridge, Election District 7, Dorchester, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 10-11, sheet 19B, line 49, family 444, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1547.
  • Marriage record: Index to New York City Marriages, 1866-1937. Indices prepared by the Italian Genealogical Group and the German Genealogy Group, and used with permission of the New York City Department of Records/Municipal Archives. Certificate 2940.

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Data Doctor - 863 Missing references tag - Please add <references /> tag directly under Sources heading. Thank you kindly!
posted by Paula (Hawkins) Reinke
Father is Philip Frankel (Frankel-132). Please add as father. Thank you!
posted by Ron Norman
Mother is Rebecca Pressner Frankel (Pressner-5). Please add as mother. Thank you!
posted by Ron Norman

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