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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

Saturday
March 7
9:36am
Rose Loves Miles
Fed up with Miles's penny pinching ways, Rose takes Blanche's advice to go out with some big spenders. With Dorothy away, Sophia decides this would be the best time to take a trip to Sicily Guest Star: Harold Gould.
TV-PG
10:12am
Room 7
Sophia has an after-life experience while choking on a piece of candy. Blanche is distraught over the demolition of her grandmother's plantation, so the girls travel to Atlanta, where Blanche handcuffs herself to the radiator.
TV-PG
10:48am
From Here to the Pharmacy
A man Blanche has no memory of returns from the Persian Gulf in hopes of fulfilling the promise she supposedly made to him before he left, that she will be his and only his. Meanwhile, Sophia has Rose help her write up her will.
TV-PG
11:24am
The Pope's Ring
The Pope's in town and Sophia goes to his mass. When she goes to kiss his ring, it slips off into her hand. Rose is convinced Miles is hiding something from her. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
12:00pm
Old Boyfriends
Sophia's attempts at trying to find a man go awry when a man she meets through the personals turns out to have a shadow, his sister. Meanwhile, Rose meets with an old boyfriend from St. Olaf, one she can't remember.
TV-PG
12:30pm
Goodbye, Mr. Gordon
Dorothy is contacted by a high school teacher she once had a crush on. They quickly begin seeing each other and Dorothy is convinced his feelings are genuine. Meanwhile, Rose puts together a talk show.
TV-PG
Sunday
March 8
6:00am
Rose Loves Miles
Fed up with Miles's penny pinching ways, Rose takes Blanche's advice to go out with some big spenders. With Dorothy away, Sophia decides this would be the best time to take a trip to Sicily Guest Star: Harold Gould.
TV-PG
6:36am
Room 7
Sophia has an after-life experience while choking on a piece of candy. Blanche is distraught over the demolition of her grandmother's plantation, so the girls travel to Atlanta, where Blanche handcuffs herself to the radiator.
TV-PG
7:12am
From Here to the Pharmacy
A man Blanche has no memory of returns from the Persian Gulf in hopes of fulfilling the promise she supposedly made to him before he left, that she will be his and only his. Meanwhile, Sophia has Rose help her write up her will.
TV-PG
7:48am
The Pope's Ring
The Pope's in town and Sophia goes to his mass. When she goes to kiss his ring, it slips off into her hand. Rose is convinced Miles is hiding something from her. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
8:24am
Old Boyfriends
Sophia's attempts at trying to find a man go awry when a man she meets through the personals turns out to have a shadow, his sister. Meanwhile, Rose meets with an old boyfriend from St. Olaf, one she can't remember.
TV-PG
9:00am
Goodbye, Mr. Gordon
Dorothy is contacted by a high school teacher she once had a crush on. They quickly begin seeing each other and Dorothy is convinced his feelings are genuine. Meanwhile, Rose puts together a talk show.
TV-PG
9:36am
The Commitments
Dorothy gets wrapped up in "Beatlemania" and begins dating a Beatle impersonator. Meanwhile, Blanche begins to worry about her looks after she pulls out all the stops to get a certain man into bed, but to no avail.
TV-PG
5:00pm
Questions and Answers
Dorothy is all excited when she learns that 'Jeopardy' is having tryouts in Miami. This leads her to begin cramming for the audition test. Guest Stars: Alex Trebek, Merv Griffin
TV-PG
5:30pm
Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan
Rose's expose on the living conditions in Angelo's building leads to Dorothy and Stan being labeled as slumlords. Guest Star: Herb Edelman
TV-PG
6:00pm
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
6:32pm
Midwinter Night's Dream Part 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. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
7:05pm
Midwinter Night's Dream Part 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. Guest Star: Kristy McNichol
TV-PG
7:43pm
The Commitments
Dorothy gets wrapped up in "Beatlemania" and begins dating a Beatle impersonator. Meanwhile, Blanche begins to worry about her looks after she pulls out all the stops to get a certain man into bed, but to no avail.
TV-PG
8:21pm
Questions and Answers
Dorothy is all excited when she learns that 'Jeopardy' is having tryouts in Miami. This leads her to begin cramming for the audition test. Guest Stars: Alex Trebek, Merv Griffin
TV-PG
Monday
March 9
2:38am
Ebbtide VI: The Wrath of Stan
Rose's expose on the living conditions in Angelo's building leads to Dorothy and Stan being labeled as slumlords. Guest Star: Herb Edelman
TV-PG
3:16am
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
3:54am
Midwinter Night's Dream Part 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. Guest Star: Harold Gould
TV-PG
4:27am
Midwinter Night's Dream Part 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. Guest Star: Kristy McNichol
TV-PG