Filmography

(note: for most up to date, visit IMDB)

More of the nitty-gritty of Bea on the screen. Television, movies, DVDs, episode guides… all here! This page is currently in progress, come back again soon for more details of Bea’s enormously large body of work!

The following information has been organized from the following sources, compiled for your convenience (and mine!) ::
IMDB.comTV.comTVShowsonDVD.com and other articles from print and web from 1970-2007, as well as, self-compiled notes and lists that I have been using for personal organization.

Television

Theatre was Bea’s true first love, however, she is mostly known for her impeccable, larger than life personality, television roles. Below are some well-known television appearances with in-depth listings for her major hits Maude, Golden Girls, and even the lesser-known Amanda’s (a favorite among her hard-core fans).

Maude; 09.12.1972 – 04.22.1978; 141 episodes; 6 Seasons; Buy on DVD

Maude was one of the most popular shows during the 70s. Not only was it one of the most popular, but it was also one of the most controversial. The show was real and told it like it is – much like the show that first introduced us to Maude, All in the Family.

Maude was outspoken and strong-willed… which lead her to many interesting and controversial situations. Maude wasted no time becoming one of the most controversial shows ever when she, at age 47, became pregnant and decided to get an abortion (the first show to ever have the lead character get an abortion). By the end of the show, Maude was heading to Congress, ready to take on a new world. And it seemed we would get to see Congresswoman Maude, but Bea Arthur decided to leave the show. Maude remains a part of TV history and has since become a true classic.

Spin-off of: All in the Family
Spin-offs: Good Times

Amanda’s (by the sea); 02.10.1983 – 05.25.1983; 13 episodes; 1 Season

This short-lived series was based on the popular British series Fawlty Towers. Amanda was the formidable owner of “Amanda’s By The Sea,” a homey little hotel overlooking the Pacific. Her staff included Marty, her hotel-management graduate son; Arlene, his spoiled, citified wife; Earl, the excitable chef; and Aldo, the confused bellhop of foreign extraction. Stories revolved around burnt steaks, fussy guests, and travel-guide writers who had to be impressed. There was also Mr. Mundy, the banker who always threatening to foreclose; and brother-in-law Zack, who was out to meddle and woo Amanda.


EPISODE LISTINGS ::

 01All in a Day’s Work2/10/1983
 02You Were Meant For Me2/17/1983
 03The Man Who Came on Wednesday2/24/1983
 04I Ain’t Got Nobody3/3/1983
 05My Cheatin’ Staff3/10/1983
 06Aunt Sonia3/24/1983
  The hotel may not survive a visit from Amanda’s aunt, a golf tournament, a shortage of rooms, and the appearance of a dancing chicken in the cabaret.
 07Last of the Red Hot Brothers5/5/1983
  The hotel is operating at its usual low rate of occupancy, but when Amanda’s brother-in-law arrives, suddenly there’s not enough room for the two of them.
 08I’m Dancing as Close as I Can5/12/1983
  Amanda begins to get that old romantic feeling when her late husband’s brother asks her for a date.
 09One Passionate Night (1)5/19/1983
  A full moon seems to be having a romantic effect on the hotel staff–especially Amanda and Zack.
 10One Passionate Night, the Aftermath (2)5/26/1983
  After accidentally walking in on Amanda and Zack in bed, Marty finds his marital passion diminished.
 11Amanda’s Number One Son(Never aired)
 12I Was Wild About Harry(Never aired)
 13Oh, Promise Me(Never aired)

Golden Girls; 09.14.1985 – 04.09.1992; 180 episodes, 7 Seasons; Buy on DVD

The Golden Girls, which ran on NBC from 1985 until 1992, centers around four women all near or above the age of 50. Created by Susan Harris ( Soap, Empty Nest ), the series was an immediate hit in its Saturday night timeslot. The show mainly involved four women. The stories involve dating and solving various problems. The story of the week sometimes included issues such as harassment, homosexuality, impotence, AIDS, death, and adultery.

Spin-offs: Empty Nest, Nurses (indirectly), Golden Palace, Brighton Belles (British remake)

Movies

Mrs. Arthur hasn’t had a large movie career, but as with anything that she does, her roles are sweet and memorable.

 TitleYearDVD
 That Kind of Woman1959 
 Lovers and Other Strangers1970Buy
 Mame1974 
 History of the World: Part I1981Buy
 My First Love (TV Movie Special)1988 
 For Better or Worse1996Buy
 Enemies of Laughter2000Buy

Other On Screen Appearances as herself 

Here are a few more, smaller noted, appearances of Bea. These videos are usually found in only the racks of hard-core Bea fans or strangely scattered through random video sites such as YouTube. See what you can find!

 Coming Soon :: in progress! (very slowly!) 
 This Joint Is Jumpin1993
 Star Wars Christmas Special; Ackmena1978

Theatre

Bea’s true passion! Enough said!

 ShowRoleYear
 Lysistrata 1947
 The Dog Beneath the SkinSpeaking Chorus1947
 YermaLead1947
 No ExitInez1948
 The Taming of the ShrewKate1948
 Six Characters in Search of an AuthorMother1948
 The Owl and the PussycatMother1948
 Le Bourgeois GentilhommeMarchioness1949
 Yes Is for a Very Young ManConstance1949
 The CreditorsTelka1949
 Heartbreak HouseHessione1949
 Gentlemen Prefer BlondesDorothy1951
 Personal AppearanceJessie1951
 Candle LightBaroness1951
 Love or MoneyNita1951
 The Voice of the TurtleOlive1951
 The New MoonClotilde Lombaste1953
 Kurt Weill’s Threepenny OperaLucy Brown1954
 What’s The Rush? 1955
 Ben Bagley’s Shoestring Revue 1955
 Seventh HeavenMadame Suze1955
 Play & FancyRuth Winters (understudy)1955 & 1956
 Mistress of the InnMirandolina1956
 The Ziegfeld Follies 1956
 Nature’s WayNadine Fesser1957
 Ulysses in NighttownBella1958
 The Gay Divorcee at the Cherry LaneHortense1960
 A Matter of PositionMrs. Miller1962
 Fiddler on the RoofYente the Matchmaker1964
 MameVera Charles1966
 Woody Allen’s The Floating Lightbulb 1981
 Bermuda Avenue Triangle 1995 & 1996
 Anne Meara’s After-Play 1997 & 1998
 Broadway “Angela Lansbury- A Celebration”Herself11.17.1996
 Strike Up The Band 2000
 And Then There’s BeaHerself2001
 Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between FriendsHerself2002-2006

Audio Performance 

Bea does appear credited on various vinal recordings, children’s reading audio cassettes, and other randomly produced materials. Here is a listing of such materials that I have come across over the years.

Awards

Accomplishments and near accomplishments!

 YearAwardCategoryResult
 1955DonaldsonPerformanceNominated
 1966Tony AwardBest Supporting ActressWon
 1973Golden GlobeBest TV Actress, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1973EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1974Golden GlobeBest TV Actress, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1974EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1975Golden GlobeBest Supporting Actress, Movie :: MameNominated
 1976Golden GlobeBest TV Actress, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1976EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1977EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: MaudeWon
 1978Golden GlobeBest TV Actress, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1978EmmySupporting Actress in Variety or Music :: Laugh-InNominated
 1978EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: MaudeNominated
 1986Golden GlobeBest TV Actress, Comedy :: Golden GirlsNominated
 1986Golden AppleFemale Star of the YearWon
 1986EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GirlsNominated
 1987Golden GlobeActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GIrlsNominated
 1987EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GirlsNominated
 1988Golden GlobeActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GIrlsNominated
 1988EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GirlsWon
 1989Golden GlobeActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GIrlsNominated
 1989EmmyActress in Leading Role, Comedy :: Golden GirlsNominated
 1990Banff TV FestivalAward of ExcellenceWon
 1992BambiReaders Choice :: Golden GirlsWon
 2000EmmyActress in Guest Role, Comedy :: Malcolm in the MiddleNominated
 2001American Comedy AwardFunniest Female Guest in TV Series :: Malcome in the MiddleWon
 2002Tony AwardBea Arthur on Broadway:: Special Theatrical EventNominated
 2003TV Land AwardGolden Girls :: Quintessential Non-Traditional FamilyWon