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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

Sunday
August 30
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
8:24am
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
9:00am
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
9:36am
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
10:12am
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
10:48am
Letter to Gorbachev
Rose becomes concerned about nuclear war when girls in her cadet troop draw pictures of a bleak future, and writes letters to Gorbachev and Reagan. She's stunned to get a response and learn that Gorbachev would like to meet her.
TV-PG
11:24am
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
12:00pm
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
12:30pm
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
1:00pm
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
1:30pm
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
Monday
August 31
2:00am
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
2:36am
Letter to Gorbachev
Rose becomes concerned about nuclear war when girls in her cadet troop draw pictures of a bleak future, and writes letters to Gorbachev and Reagan. She's stunned to get a response and learn that Gorbachev would like to meet her.
TV-PG
3:12am
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
3:49am
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
4:21am
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
4:54am
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
5:27am
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
Saturday
September 5
9:36am
Charlie's Buddy
A wartime buddy of Rose's late husband arrives in Miami to see Rose. However, he has more in mind than just a friendly visit. Meanwhile, Dorothy and Blanche haggle over the same dress to wear to a social event.
TV-PG
10:12am
The Artist
Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose each secretly pose nude for a sculptor who will unveil the statue at an art show opening. Meanwhile, Sophia brushes up on practical jokes to get back at a prankster at the Senior Citizens Center.
TV-PG
10:48am
Blanche's Little Girl
Blanche is thrilled by a visit from her daughter, Rebecca, an ex-model who has gained quite a bit of weight. Visiting with Rebecca is her oafish beau who constantly puts her down. The kicker: she's thinking of marrying him.
TV-PG
11:24am
Dorothy's New Friend
Dorothy befriends a novelist, Barbara Thorndyke, and she quickly infringes on Dorothy's relationship with Blanche and Rose, who think Barbara is nothing but a stuck up snob.
TV-PG