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The Golden Girls

Bea Arthur

Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak

Actress and comedienne Bea Arthur stars as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak on the hit show The Golden Girls.

Arthur was born in 1922 in New York. She was a regular on Sid Caesar’s Caesar’s Hour and then she took to the stage playing Lucy Brown in the Off-Broadway premiere of Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera. She gave a show-stopping performance as Yente the Matchmaker in the premiere of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, and she also starred as Vera Charles in Mame alongside Angela Lansbury. Arthur won a Tony Award for her work in Mame and she reprised the role in the 1974 film version opposite Lucille Ball.

For her work in television, Arthur is well known for her portrayal of Edith Bunker’s cousin, Maude Findlay, on All in the Family. This role led to the spin-off series Maude for which Arthur won an Emmy. Arthur's portrayal of Dorothy on The Golden Girls led to her second Emmy win. In addition to playing Dorothy on The Golden Girls, the character also appeared on the television shows Empty Nest and The Golden Palace. Arthur won a Comedy Ace Award for her performance on Malcolm in the Middle and she played Larry David’s mother on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

In 2002 Arthur returned to the stage in Bea Arthur: Just Between Friends, a compilation of songs and stories based on her life and career which garnered a Tony nomination.

In 2008 Arthur was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

She passed away in 2009 in Los Angeles.

The Golden Girls TV Schedule

Sunday
May 10
6:00am
Strange Bedfellows
The girls try to help in a campaign to get Gil Kessler elected as local official. To his advantage, his chances of winning are boosted when reporters snap photos of Blanche entering his home one evening while his wife was away.
TV-PG
6:36am
Brotherly Love
Blanche makes a move at Ted, Stan's brother, the minute she learns he's a neurosurgeon. She is furious when she discovers the only woman Ted is apparently interested in is Dorothy. Meanwhile, Rose is suffering from insomnia.
TV-PG
7:12am
A Visit From Little Sven
Rose's cousin, Sven, arrives in Miami for a visit just prior to his arranged marriage. When Blanche plays a trick on her latest beau, involving Sven, the naive groom falls for her. Sophia tries to renew her driver's license.
TV-PG
7:48am
The Audit
Dorothy is stunned to learn that Stan's tax problems are her tax problems since Stan is being audited for a number of years when they were still married. Blanche and Rose take a Spanish class, each for different reasons.
TV-PG
8:24am
Three on a Couch
Constant bickering causes the girls to seek help from a therapist. This prompts the girls to reminisce about times they didn't get along. The therapist's conclusion: they should not live with one another.
TV-PG
Monday
May 11
4:00am
The Audit
Dorothy is stunned to learn that Stan's tax problems are her tax problems since Stan is being audited for a number of years when they were still married. Blanche and Rose take a Spanish class, each for different reasons.
TV-PG
4:30am
Three on a Couch
Constant bickering causes the girls to seek help from a therapist. This prompts the girls to reminisce about times they didn't get along. The therapist's conclusion: they should not live with one another.
TV-PG
Sunday
May 17
6:00am
Charlie's Buddy
A wartime buddy of Rose's late husband arrives in Miami to see Rose. However, he has more in mind than just a friendly visit. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche haggle over the same dress to wear to a social event.
TV-PG
6:36am
The Artist
Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose each secretly pose nude for a sculptor who will unveil the statue at an art show opening. Meanwhile, Sophia brushes up on practical jokes to get back at a prankster at the Senior Citizens Center.
TV-PG
7:12am
Blanche's Little Girl
Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has gained quite a bit of weight. Visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts her down. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.
TV-PG
7:48am
Dorothy's New Friend
Dorothy befriends a novelist, Barbara Thorndyke, and she quickly infringes on Dorothy's relationship with Blanche and Rose, who think Barbara is nothing but a stuck up snob.
TV-PG
8:24am
Grab That Dough
Sophia gets tickets for "Grab That Dough". However, she used her Sicilian mailing address instead of her own. The girls rush over to California just to make the taping.
TV-PG