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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

Saturday
January 31
10:00am
Sick and Tired Part 1
Dorothy is feeling rundown and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel. Guest Stars: Jeffrey Tambor
TV-PG
10:30am
Sick and Tired Part 2
Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge, resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling. Guest Stars: Richard Mulligan
TV-PG
11:00am
Rose Fights Back
When the company that Rose's husband worked for cuts off their pension plan, Rose has to get a new job, but never expects to have to deal with age discrimination. Sophia goes wild buying in bulk at Shopper's Warehouse.
TV-PG
11:30am
Love Under the Big Top
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer and assumes he's about to propose. But it turns out he's planning to become a circus clown. Rose and Blanche organize a protest to save dolphins. Guest Star: Dick Van Dyke
TV-PG
12:00pm
Dancing in the Dark
Rose has been dating Miles Webber, a college professor. When Miles invites her to a party, Rose feels like a fish out of water with his intelligent friends. Meanwhile, Blanche battles a dating slump. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
12:30pm
Not Another Monday
Sophia's friend wants to commit suicide, and she wants Sophia there to hold her hand. Meanwhile, Blanche, Rose and Dorothy become singing nursemaids to a sick baby that they are taking care of for the weekend.
TV-PG
Sunday
February 1
6:00am
Sick and Tired Part 1
Dorothy is feeling rundown and has a lack of energy. She is sure she is ill, but all of the doctors she visits tell her she's fine. Meanwhile, Blanche decides to write a romance novel. Guest Stars: Jeffrey Tambor
TV-PG
6:36am
Sick and Tired Part 2
Dorothy continues to seek medical advice and turns to Harry Weston for help. Meanwhile, Blanche goes on a writing binge, resulting in a novel that is less then enthralling. Guest Stars: Richard Mulligan
TV-PG
7:12am
Love Under the Big Top
Dorothy is in a serious relationship with a lawyer and assumes he's about to propose. But it turns out he's planning to become a circus clown. Rose and Blanche organize a protest to save dolphins. Guest Star: Dick Van Dyke
TV-PG
7:48am
Dancing in the Dark
Rose has been dating Miles Webber, a college professor. When Miles invites her to a party, Rose feels like a fish out of water with his intelligent friends. Meanwhile, Blanche battles a dating slump. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
8:00pm
Joust Between Friends
Dorothy is searching for part-time work, so Blanche gets her a job at the museum. Then Dorothy is handed the job of organizing a banquet, the duty Blanche was hoping for. Meanwhile, Rose finds a stray dog at the supermarket.
TV-PG
8:30pm
Bringing Up Baby
Rose is shocked when her late-uncle's will leaves her his "Baby," and delighted to learn the "baby" is a pig. Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia are less thrilled until they learn that when Baby dies, Rose gets a large sum of money.
TV-PG
9:00pm
Little Sister
Rose's sister, Holly, comes for a visit and becomes quick friends with Dorothy and Blanche, leaving Rose out in the cold. However, when Rose catches Holly with Blanche's boyfriend, Dorothy and Blanche refuse to believe her.
TV-PG
9:30pm
Questions and Answers
Dorothy is all excited when she learns that 'Jeopardy' is having tryouts in Miami. This leads her to begin cramming for the audition test. Guest Stars: Alex Trebek, Merv Griffin
TV-PG
Saturday
February 7
1:00pm
That Old Feeling
Blanche is visited by her brother in-law and is taken back by his resemblance to her deceased husband. She quickly finds herself falling in love with hopes of marriage.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Comedy of Errors
Dorothy finds a list of things that she wanted to accomplish before a certain age, but hasn't accomplished many of them. So she signs up to do a stand up routine at a nightclub. Meanwhile, Blanche finds herself battling the IRS.
TV-PG
2:00pm
All That Jazz
Dorothy's son, Michael, shows up on her doorstep with news that he's separated with his wife and needs a place to stay. However, Dorothy quickly gets tired of his freeloading and dumps him on Stan.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Ebb Tide
Blanche is shattered after her father, Big Daddy, passes away. However, when she goes back to her childhood home, she gets into a big argument with her sister, Virginia, and decides not to attend the funeral.
TV-PG
3:00pm
Mary Has a Little Lamb
The girls take in a 15-year-old girl who has just found out she's pregnant and scared to tell her father. Meanwhile, Blanche's prison pen pal has just been released and is looking for her.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Great Expectations
Rose joins a positive thinking group and tries to get a pessimistic Dorothy to join. Meanwhile, Blanche is scared to get serious with her latest boyfriend, especially after he has a heart attack.
TV-PG
4:00pm
Triple Play
Blanche tries to lure men by placing a fake ad in the paper trying to sell a Mercedes. Rose has to deal with meeting Miles's daughter. Dorothy discovers Sophia is hoarding Social Security money. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
4:30pm
Clinton Avenue Memoirs
Dorothy becomes alarmed that Sophia is becoming more and more forgetful with age. After visiting a doctor, Sophia decides to regain some of the memories she has lost, and takes a trip back to Brooklyn and their old apartment.
TV-PG