Beatrice Arthur, born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1923 (one source indicates 1920 as year of birth), is an American actress and comedian. Her notable television roles included the popular sitcom, Maude in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s. In the latter she played the character Dorothy Zbornack, a middle-aged woman who lived in a Florida house with two room mates (Betty White and Rue McClanahan) and Dorothy's short-tempered hip old mother, played by Estelle Getty.

In her prime she stood almost 5'10".

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