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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

Sunday
December 21
6:00am
'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.
TV-PG
6:36am
Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas
Tired of Christmas shopping in the heat, the girls decide to buy gifts for the one person they pick from a hat. Later, they serve Christmas dinner to the homeless, including a recently homeless Stan.Guest Star: Herb Edelman
TV-PG
7:12am
A Piece of Cake
While preparing for a friend's birthday party, the girls recall past birthdays, including Rose's surprise party for Dorothy, a surprise birthday party for Blanche, and Sophia's birthday involving her late husband, Sal.
TV-PG
7:48am
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk. However, his strange behavior signals that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
5:00pm
'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.
TV-PG
5:30pm
Have Yourself a Very Little Christmas
Tired of Christmas shopping in the heat, the girls decide to buy gifts for the one person they pick from a hat. Later, they serve Christmas dinner to the homeless, including a recently homeless Stan.Guest Star: Herb Edelman
TV-PG
6:00pm
A Piece of Cake
While preparing for a friend's birthday party, the girls recall past birthdays, including Rose's surprise party for Dorothy, a surprise birthday party for Blanche, and Sophia's birthday involving her late husband, Sal.
TV-PG
6:32pm
Old Friends
Sophia befriends an old man on the boardwalk. However, his strange behavior signals that he has Alzheimer's disease. Meanwhile, Blanche accidentally gives away Rose's teddy bear at a garage sale.
TV-PG
7:05pm
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
7:43pm
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
8:21pm
The Housekeeper
The girls' search for a housekeeper ends when they hire Marguerite, a woman who appears to have mystical powers. But when they fire her, a string of bizarre events convinces the girls that Marguerite has placed a curse on them.
TV-PG
Thursday
December 25
4:54am
'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
The girls each plan to spend Christmas with their families but a series of strange occurrences lead them to spend Christmas together in Miami.
TV-PG
Saturday
December 27
2:00pm
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
2:30pm
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
3:00pm
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
3:30pm
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
4:00pm
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
4:30pm
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
When Rose must give a eulogy at her aunt's funeral, she has to try to get over her fear of 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