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Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, rehearsing for the original Broadway production of 'Mame' in 1966.

Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, rehearsing for the original Broadway production of 'Mame' in 1966.

Bea Arthur (1922-2009) Activist, actress, comedienne, and singer

Bea Arthur (1922-2009) Activist, actress, comedienne, and singer

If you have ever seen Bea Arthur, comedic genius, as Dorothy Zbornak  on "The Golden Girls," you'll realize: it's me.

If you have ever seen Bea Arthur, comedic genius, as Dorothy Zbornak on "The Golden Girls," you'll realize: it's me.

Bea Arthur, accepting her Emmy for "The Golden Girls". A staple of my Saturday nights as a kid.

Bea Arthur, accepting her Emmy for "The Golden Girls". A staple of my Saturday nights as a kid.

Bea Arthur--this is how I remember Bea--from the Golden Girls. I was really upset when she died because I really liked Dorothy the best on that show and I would have enjoyed chatting with her.

Bea Arthur--this is how I remember Bea--from the Golden Girls. I was really upset when she died because I really liked Dorothy the best on that show and I would have enjoyed chatting with her.

Bea Arthur, Young and beautiful!

Bea Arthur, Young and beautiful!

Bea Arthur.

Bea Arthur.

Before finding a career in front of the camera, Bea Arthur had a very different job title: United States Marine. Arthur was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve before World War II. She worked for the military as both a typist and a truck driver and on her volunteer application, listed her active hobbies as hunting with a ".22 caliber rifle and a bow and arrow."

14 Things You Never Knew About 'The Golden Girls'

Before finding a career in front of the camera, Bea Arthur had a very different job title: United States Marine. Arthur was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve before World War II. She worked for the military as both a typist and a truck driver and on her volunteer application, listed her active hobbies as hunting with a ".22 caliber rifle and a bow and arrow."

Bea Arthur Related image

Bea Arthur Related image

bea arthur and angela lansbury

bea arthur and angela lansbury

Bea Arthur as Maude....saw her at the taping of her TV show in Burbank, CA

Bea Arthur as Maude....saw her at the taping of her TV show in Burbank, CA

I've loved Bea Arthur and Betty White since I was a little girl...and this is PRECISELY why!

I've loved Bea Arthur and Betty White since I was a little girl...and this is PRECISELY why!

bea arthur | Bea Arthur - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki

Bea Arthur

bea arthur | Bea Arthur - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki

The Golden Girls  (Betty White is the surviving member of the Golden Girls)  THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo,  (may they R.I.P) Betty White as Rose Nylund-- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank

The Golden Girls (Betty White is the surviving member of the Golden Girls) THE GOLDEN GIRLS -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, (may they R.I.P) Betty White as Rose Nylund-- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank

Bea Arthur (Dorothy from The Golden Girls) was a truck-driving Marine in World War II, before finding fame as an actress and singer.

Bea Arthur (Dorothy from The Golden Girls) was a truck-driving Marine in World War II, before finding fame as an actress and singer.