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
July 24
7:48am
Journey to the Center of Attention
Blanche brings a lonely Dorothy down to the Rusty Anchor for a night of excitement. However, Blanche had no intention of being pushed off her throne by Dorothy, who begins singing and instantly becomes the center of attention.
TV-PG
8:24am
Midwinter Night's Dream (1)
A full moon on Leap Year prompts Blanche to throw a Moonlight Madness Party, but her plans go drastically awry when Dorothy gets all of the attention. Rose contemplates marrying Miles after winning a free honeymoon to Paris.
TV-PG
9:00am
Midwinter Night's Dream (2)
The full moon and festivities prompt strange happenings including Blanche's jewelry being swiped, Sophia trying to break a curse, and Dorothy and Miles sharing a passionate kiss.
TV-PG
9:36am
Rose: Portrait of a Woman
It's Miles’s birthday and Rose is planning on giving him a golf club. However, Blanche gives her an idea that would spice up her relationship - naughty pictures. Meanwhile, Dorothy begins a new job.
TV-PG
10:12am
Home Again, Rose (1)
Rose, having missed her class reunion, lets Blanche talk her into attending one and posing as classmates. Dorothy is named queen of the prom, but the excitement is halted when Rose collapses and is rushed into heart surgery.
TV-PG
10:48am
Home Again, Rose (2)
Rose undergoes a triple bypass and the girls fear for her life. Meanwhile, Rose's jealous daughter, Kirsten, arrives and refuses to see past her mother's strange living arrangement.
TV-PG
11:24am
One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (1)
Blanche dumps her visiting uncle, Lucas, on Dorothy, so the two trick Blanche by saying they're engaged. When Rose announces she plans to move, Lucas decides to reveal the truth, but instead proposes to Dorothy for real.
TV-PG
12:00pm
One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest (2)
Dorothy accepts Lucas's marriage proposal and they wed. Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy say a tearful goodbye with Dorothy planning on moving to Atlanta. Meanwhile, Sophia makes a final decision on where she wants to live.
TV-PG
12:30pm
Pilot
Dorothy's mother, Sophia, moves in with Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose. Blanche's latest boyfriend, Harry, proposes, but Rose has a bad feeling about their impending marriage.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Guess Who's Coming to the Wedding?
Dorothy's daughter, Kate, visits and announces her engagement. Dorothy is thrilled until she realizes her ex-husband Stan will be invited to the wedding.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Rose the Prude
Having not dated since her husband died, Rose reluctantly agrees to go on a blind date. This date turns into a serious relationship when she is invited on a cruise which would involve sharing a stateroom.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Transplant
Blanche's sister, Virginia, comes to visit and Blanche is convinced she's after something. Later, she learns just what Virginia is after: Blanche's kidney. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy babysit for an infant.
TV-PG
2:30pm
The Triangle
Dorothy’s date, Dr. Elliot Clayton, makes a pass at Blanche. Dorothy doesn't believe it when Blanche tells her about it, so Blanche orders Dorothy to leave the house.
TV-PG
3:00pm
On Golden Girls
Blanche's 14-year old grandson comes to Miami for a visit and brings a new meaning to the term "generation gap." Meanwhile, Dorothy studies for her French final.
TV-PG
3:30pm
The Competition
Dorothy and Blanche bowl against Rose and Sophia. If Sophia and Rose win, Dorothy will let Sophia go back to Sicily to visit and old beau, and if Dorothy and Blanche win, Sophia will give her a pair of antique earrings.
TV-PG
Monday
July 25
4:00am
Transplant
Blanche's sister, Virginia, comes to visit and Blanche is convinced she's after something. Later, she learns just what Virginia is after: Blanche's kidney. Meanwhile, Rose and Dorothy babysit for an infant.
TV-PG
4:30am
The Triangle
Dorothy’s date, Dr. Elliot Clayton, makes a pass at Blanche. Dorothy doesn't believe it when Blanche tells her about it, so Blanche orders Dorothy to leave the house.
TV-PG
5:00am
On Golden Girls
Blanche's 14-year old grandson comes to Miami for a visit and brings a new meaning to the term "generation gap." Meanwhile, Dorothy studies for her French final.
TV-PG
5:30am
The Competition
Dorothy and Blanche bowl against Rose and Sophia. If Sophia and Rose win, Dorothy will let Sophia go back to Sicily to visit and old beau, and if Dorothy and Blanche win, Sophia will give her a pair of antique earrings.
TV-PG
Sunday
July 31
7:48am
Break-In
After a Madonna concert, the girls arrive home to discover their house has been broken into. The girls seek out means to protect themselves, including a security system, guard dog, and mace. Rose even purchases a gun.
TV-PG
8:24am
Blanche and the Younger Man
Blanche goes all out to try to look good for her latest beau, her aerobics instructor half her age. Meanwhile, Rose's dynamic mother comes for a visit and gets fed up with Rose's "mothering" ways.
TV-PG
9:00am
Heart Attack
After a dinner party, Sophia suffers an apparent heart attack with a heavy storm delaying the paramedics.
TV-PG
9:36am
Stan’s Return
Dorothy's ex-husband, Stan, shows up to settle a piece of land they bought on their honeymoon. This leads to Dorothy and Stan spending the night together. Rose and Blanche plan a vacation that Sophia is not invited on.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Custody Battle
Dorothy's sister, Gloria, comes to Miami for a visit and asks Sophia to come live with her in California. Meanwhile, Blanche is furious when Rose is cast as Lady Macbeth in a local play, and not her.
TV-PG
10:48am
A Little Romance
Rose has been dating Dr. Jonathan Newman and begins to think their relationship is leading to the altar. However she begins to have second thoughts especially since he's a midget.
TV-PG
11:24am
That Was No Lady
Dorothy latest boyfriend, Glen, shocks her when he reveals he's married. She surprises herself when she finds herself sneaking around to be with him. Blanche unloads her old car on Rose in order to buy a new one.
TV-PG
12:00pm
In a Bed of Rose's
Late one evening, Rose brings a man home and they spend the night together. However, in the morning she finds that he has passed away. Even worse, she later discovers he was married.
TV-PG
12:30pm
The Truth Will Out
Rose is apprehensive about a visit from her daughter and granddaughter, since their reason for coming is to settle Rose's late-husband's will. Meanwhile, Blanche gets caught up in the tabloids of a society murder.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Nice and Easy
Blanche's visiting niece is a chip right off the old block when she dates a different man all night every night. Dorothy does battle with a mouse living in the house.
TV-PG
1:30pm
The Operation
Dorothy is hesitant about having foot surgery just as she was scheduled to tap dance with Blanche and Rose at a dance recital.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Second Motherhood
Blanche is romanced by a wealthy suitor who she learns has several small children. This fact dampens his proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Rose go to bat with the bathroom plumbing.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Adult Education
Blanche's professor sexually harasses her when he asks for help on a difficult test. If she has sex with him, he'll give her an "A." Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia each try to get tickets for a sold out Frank Sinatra concert.
TV-PG
3:00pm
The Flu
A week before an awards ceremony, Blanche, Dorothy and Rose each come down with a nasty flu, which compounds their arguing over who will win a prestigious award.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Job Hunting
Rose loses her job at the grief center and begins searching for other sources of work. Meanwhile, Blanche tries to lose a few pounds and Dorothy is excited when a man she once had a crush on contacts her and asks her out.
TV-PG