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The Golden Girls

Weekends
12pm/11c

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

Saturday
August 23
10:48am
Long Days Journey into Marinara
Sophia's sister, Angela arrives in Miami for a visit and decides to move there but while she's looking for an apartment Dorothy invites her to stay with the girls. This ticks off Sophia since she thinks that Angela is after everything that she has.
TV-PG
11:24am
Dorothy's Prized Pupil
Blanche is convinced that her beauty is fading after attending her high school reunion and discovers many of classmates have had face lifts. Meanwhile, Rose is making a home movie for class she's taking.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Whose Face is This, Anyway?
Dorothy feels that it's her fault when her prized pupil wins a writing contest which inadvertently signals the INS that he's an illegal alien. G
TV-PG
12:36pm
Diamond in the Rough
While Dorothy and Rose are planning a hospital charity banquet, Blanche falls for Jake, the caterer hired for the event. She quickly learns he's more blue jeans than a black tie which prompts her to foolishly put a stop to their romance.
TV-PG
1:12pm
Son-in-Law Dearest
Dorothy's daughter, Kate is coming for a visit and has a big announcement. Dorothy is excited when she thinks the announcement is going to be that Kate is pregnant. However, when Kate arrives, her announcement is far from exciting. Meanwhile, Blanche and Rose stay up and watch an "I Love Lucy" marathon.
TV-PG
1:48pm
To Catch a Neighbor
Two police detectives stake out the girls' home to investigate the neighbors whom are believed to be dealers in stolen gems. Guest Star: George Clooney
TV-PG
2:24pm
A Piece of Cake
While preparing for a friend's birthday party, the girls recall past birthdays, including Rose's surprise birthday party for Dorothy, a surprise birthday party for Blanche and a memory of Sophia's birthday involving her late-husband Sal.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 24
12:00pm
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk whom she becomes quick friends with. However, his strange behavior signals that he has a medical condition, Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
12:36pm
One for the Money
Sophia's latest get rich quick scheme prompts the girls to recall other various get rich quick schemes they've had over the years, including, catering, a dance marathon and a memory of Sophia's from 1954.
TV-PG
1:12pm
Bringing Up Baby
Rose is shocked to learn that in her late-uncle's will he left her his "Baby". However she is quickly delighted to learn the "baby" is a pig but delighted is not a word to describe Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia, at least not until they learn that when Baby dies Rose gets a large sum of money.
TV-PG
1:48pm
The Housekeeper
The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. However, when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convince the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.
TV-PG
2:24pm
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
When Rose must give a eulogy at her aunt's funeral, Rose must try to get over her biggest fear in the world, giving speeches. This also brings up Dorothy and Blanche's biggest fears, Dorothy's of flying and Blanche's of a recurring dream.
TV-PG
Sunday
August 31
12:00pm
Letter to Gorbachev
Rose becomes concerned about nuclear war when girls in her cadet troop draw pictures of a bleak future. This prompts her to write letters to Gorbachev and Reagan. She's stunned when she gets a response and learns that Gorbechev would like to meet her.
TV-PG
12:36pm
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
1:12pm
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
1:48pm
A Visit From Little Sven
Rose's cousin Sven, arrives in Miami for a visit just prior to him being married by arrangement. However, when Blanche plays a trick on her latest beau, which involves Sven, the naive groom falls for her. Meanwhile, Sophia tries to renew her driver's license.
TV-PG