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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

Monday
May 25
2:30am
Stan Takes a Wife
Stan tells Dorothy that he's engaged - something she at first accepts. But, after Sophia falls ill, Stan comforts Dorothy, sparking old feelings. She contemplates trying to get back together with Stan. Guest Star: Herb Edelman
TV-PG
3:00am
The Auction
The girls try to find enough money for a new roof. Meanwhile, Sophia's volunteer job at the hospital gives them a piece of inside information: a famous artist is dying. The girls head to an auction to buy one of his paintings.
TV-PG
3:30am
Blind Date
After being dumped by her boyfriend, Blanche befriends a man at a bar and makes a date with him. Unknown to her, he's blind. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose try their hand at coaching a kids' football team.
TV-PG
4:00am
The Impotence of Being Ernest
Rose is crazy about her latest boyfriend, Ernie, but can't understand why he doesn't approach the subject of sex. When she forces the subject, she learns the truth that he's impotent.
TV-PG
4:30am
Love Me Tender
When Sophia sets Dorothy up on a blind date, Dorothy secretly falls for the seemingly simple man, claiming "he's the greatest lover she ever had." Blanche and Rose join the "Be a Pal" and become pals to two motherless girls.
TV-PG
Sunday
May 31
6:00am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
6:36am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
7:12am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it's discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
7:48am
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
8:24am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
9:00am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG
9:30am
Foreign Exchange
Sophia's Sicilian friends Philomena and Dominic come for a visit with shocking news. Philomena and Sophia met in the hospital when they were giving birth, and now Philomena and Dominic claim that Dorothy was switched at birth.
TV-PG
10:07am
Fiddler on the Ropes
Without the consent of the other girls, Sophia sinks their life savings into backing Pepe, a prize fighter. However, on the eve of the fight, the girls discover Pepe missing and make a shocking discovery.
TV-PG
10:44am
Till Death Do We Volley
Dorothy's old friend, Trudy, comes for a visit and this revives their old rivalry between each other. However, the visit turns tragic when Trudy suddenly dies and Dorothy blames herself.
TV-PG
Monday
June 1
3:00am
High Anxiety
After Sophia accidentally knocks a bottle of Rose's pills down the sink, it's discovered she is addicted to them and must battle withdrawal. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Sophia are hired to be in a pizza commercial.
TV-PG
3:30am
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
4:00am
Sophia's Choice
Sophia goes into action to break her friend Lillian out of "the worst nursing home in the city." However, Lillian proves to be too much of a handful for Sophia to handle. Meanwhile, Blanche considers having her breasts enlarged.
TV-PG
4:30am
Rites of Spring
A week prior to a friend's annual party, the girls debate on what they should do to improve their appearance. This leads the girls to reminisce about previous attempts to improve their looks.
TV-PG