Arthur: (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American
comedienne, actress, and singer. In a career spanning seven decades,
Arthur achieved success as the title character, Maude Findlay, on the
1970s sitcom Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The
Golden Girls; she won Emmys for both roles.
Arthur was born Bernice Frankel to Philip and Rebecca Frankel in New
York City on May 13, 1922.  Her family soon moved to Cambridge,
Maryland where her parents operated a women's clothing shop. She
attended Linden Hall High School, an all girls school in Lititz,
Pennsylvania, before enrolling in the now-defunct Blackstone College
in Blackstone, Virginia where she was active in drama productions.
of Vital Records (13 May 1922) Certificate and Record of Birth
#21106. City of New York, Department of Health. http://www.lgt2.com/bea/images/bea_birthcert.jpg.
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