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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
June 27
5:00am
The Mangiacavallo Curse Makes a Lousy Wedding Present
The girls attend the wedding of Dorothy's goddaughter, whose father was once engaged to Sophia. Sophia thinks that the wedding reception is the perfect spot for revenge after supposedly puting a curse on him years ago.
TV-PG
5:30am
All Bets are Off
Dorothy's gambling problem re-surfaces after a visit to the racetrack. Meanwhile, Rose takes up painting, and Blanche is insulted after a man she works with rejects her advances.
TV-PG
Sunday
July 3
7:48am
The President's Coming! The President's Coming! (1)
An FBI agent investigates the girls' lives for a possible visit from President Bush. This leads the girls to reminisce about times they have spent together.
TV-PG
8:24am
The President's Coming! The President's Coming! (2)
When the FBI agent announces that George Bush will make a visit to their home, the girls continue to reminisce and Dorothy quickly readies a list of points she wants to make to the president.
TV-PG
9:00am
Blanche Delivers
Blanche's daughter, Rebecca, comes to Miami and wants to give birth in a birthing center. Blanche doesn't want to be embarrassed by the fact that her daughter was artificially inseminated.
TV-PG
9:36am
If at Last You Do Suceed
Stan has finally hit it big with a new invention, but still Dorothy can't be happy for him. Meanwhile, Rose and Blanche fight over some war bonds that, if cashed, could bankrupt St. Olaf.
TV-PG
10:12am
Snap Out of It
Dorothy helps Sophia with the Meals on Wheels program and runs across a man who hasn't left his apartment since the 1960's. Meanwhile, Blanche's birthday is coming up and Rose becomes determined to find out her real age.
TV-PG
10:48am
Wham, Bam, Thank You, Mammy
Blanche gets an unexpected visit from her childhood "mammy" (nanny) but doesn’t want to speak to her. Meanwhile, Sophia hires a matchmaker for Dorothy, who experiences a date with a convict.
TV-PG
11:24am
Feelings
Dorothy receives threats after failing a football star, which means he can't play in an upcoming football game. Meanwhile, Rose must deal with her dentist who she thinks fondled her during her last visit.
TV-PG
12:00pm
Zborn Again
Dorothy finds herself being wooed by Stan and it seems her old feelings for him are resurfacing. Meanwhile, Rose has to deal with an annoying co-worker.
TV-PG
12:30pm
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia?
After the death of a friend, who had been a nun, Sophia decides she would like to become one. So she joins a convent and moves out. Meanwhile, Blanche gets into a car accident with Rose's car, which leaves Rose with a lawsuit.
TV-PG
1:00pm
Mrs. George Devereaux
Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him: her supposedly dead husband, George. Meanwhile, Dorothy is being wooed by two men, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.
TV-PG
1:30pm
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun... Before They Die
Due to a drought in St. Olaf, Rose swears to be celibate and Blanche advises her not to tell Miles the truth. Sophia takes Blanche's tips to lure a man to bed but when she says she loves him, it doesn’t turn out as she hoped.
TV-PG
2:00pm
Stand By Your Man
Blanche meets a man at the library and only after they make a date does she realize he's in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Rose wants to keep one of the puppies from Dreyfuss's litter despite Blanche's feelings.
TV-PG
2:30pm
Ebbtide's Revenge
Dorothy must give the eulogy at her cross-dressing brother Phil's funeral. A fued between Sophia and Phil's widow reaches a peak, leading Sophia to reveal her hidden feelings about her son's alternative lifestyle.
TV-PG
3:00pm
The Bloom is Off the Rose
Rose wants more adventure in her relationship with Miles, so she signs them up for sky diving lessons. Meanwhile, Blanche's relationship with an abusive man causes Dorothy to speak her feelings.
TV-PG
3:30pm
Sisters of the Bride
Blanche's gay brother, Clayton, visits Miami and announces he’s found the right person to commit to, but Blanche still can't get over Clayton's sexual orientation. Meanwhile, Rose expects to win a Volunteer of the Year award.
TV-PG
Monday
July 4
4:00am
Zborn Again
Dorothy finds herself being wooed by Stan and it seems her old feelings for him are resurfacing. Meanwhile, Rose has to deal with an annoying co-worker.
TV-PG
4:30am
Mrs. George Devereaux
Blanche has a secret admirer and is shocked when she meets him: her supposedly dead husband, George. Meanwhile, Dorothy is being wooed by two men, Sonny Bono and Lyle Waggoner.
TV-PG
5:00am
Ebbtide's Revenge
Dorothy must give the eulogy at her cross-dressing brother Phil's funeral. A fued between Sophia and Phil's widow reaches a peak, leading Sophia to reveal her hidden feelings about her son's alternative lifestyle.
TV-PG
5:30am
Sisters of the Bride
Blanche's gay brother, Clayton, visits Miami and announces he’s found the right person to commit to, but Blanche still can't get over Clayton's sexual orientation. Meanwhile, Rose expects to win a Volunteer of the Year award.
TV-PG