Bea Arthur

Actress-comedienne famous for her acid wit. The majority of her work has been on the stage and in television, but she has made some films. She was a regular on Sid Caesar's show "Caesar's Hour" (1954) for one season in the 1950s. She first gained attention on stage while appearing in the musical play "The Threepenny Opera" with Lotte Lenya. Then, in 1964, she truly became famous when she appeared in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" as Yente the Matchmaker. In this supporting role, she stole the show night after night. In 1966, she went to work on a new Broadway musical, "Mame", directed by her second husband, Gene Saks. For the featured role of Vera Charles in "Mame" she won a Tony. The star of the show, Angela Lansbury, also won a Tony. In 1971, Bea appeared on the hit sitcom "All in the Family" (1971) as Maude Findlay, Edith Bunker's cousin, who was forever driving Archie Bunker crazy with her liberal politics. This guest appearance led to her own series, entitled "Maude" (1972), in 1972. The show was a hit, and ran for six years, during which time many controversial topics, including abortion, were tackled. Bea also won an Emmy for her work on "Maude" (1972). During the show's run, Bea repeated the role of Vera Charles in the film version of Mame (1974), again directed by Gene Saks. She also appeared on none other than The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (TV). In 1983, she started work on a new sitcom, "Amanda's" (1983), which was patterned ...

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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

Broadway: The Golden Age is the most important, ambitious and comprehensive film ever made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Award-winning filmmaker Rick McKay filmed over 100 of the greatest stars ever to work on Broadway or in Hollywood. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick McKay
CAST:  Edie Adams  •  Bea Arthur  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Kaye Ballard

Broadway: The Golden Age is the most important, ambitious and comprehensive film ever made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Award-winning filmmaker Rick McKay filmed over 100 of the greatest stars ever to work on Broadway or in Hollywood. He ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick McKay
CAST:  Edie Adams  •  Bea Arthur  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Kaye Ballard

History of the World: Part I (1981)

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An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Binder  •  David Acomba
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Mark Hamill  •  Anthony Daniels  •  Carrie Fisher

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Binder  •  David Acomba
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Mark Hamill  •  Anthony Daniels  •  Carrie Fisher

Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)

Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife Joan are going through a divorce, which is upsetting his overly devout Catholic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Howard
CAST:  Gig Young  •  Bea Arthur  •  Bonnie Bedelia  •  Anne Jackson

Mike Vecchio and Susan Henderson are preparing for their upcoming wedding. However, they seem to be the only two people at the wedding that are happy. Mike's brother Richie and his wife Joan are going through a divorce, which is upsetting his overly devout Catholic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cy Howard
CAST:  Gig Young  •  Bea Arthur  •  Bonnie Bedelia  •  Anne Jackson

My First Love (1988)

A widow thinks she's ready for a new romance with her high school sweetheart, a physician of considerable means. The only thing standing in the way of rekindling this first love is the presence of his very attractive, very together 37-year-old girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Richard Kiley  •  Joan Van Ark  •  Barbara Barrie

A widow thinks she's ready for a new romance with her high school sweetheart, a physician of considerable means. The only thing standing in the way of rekindling this first love is the presence of his very attractive, very together 37-year-old girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Richard Kiley  •  Joan Van Ark  •  Barbara Barrie

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

The most glittering, expensive, and exhausting videotaping session in television history took place Friday February 19, 1982 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The event, for which ticket-buyers payed up to $1,000 a seat (tax-deductible as a contribution to the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Clark Jones
CAST:  Jane Alexander  •  Peter Allen  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Steve Allen

The Earth Day Special (1990)

The Earth Day Special is a television special revolving around Earth Day that aired on ABC on April 22, 1990. Sponsored by Time Warner, the two hour special featured an all-star cast addressing concerns about global warming, deforestation, and other environmental ills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight Hemion
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Barbra Streisand  •  Bette Midler  •  Downtown Julie Brown

The Earth Day Special is a television special revolving around Earth Day that aired on ABC on April 22, 1990. Sponsored by Time Warner, the two hour special featured an all-star cast addressing concerns about global warming, deforestation, and other environmental ills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dwight Hemion
CAST:  Robin Williams  •  Barbra Streisand  •  Bette Midler  •  Downtown Julie Brown

Broadway's Lost Treasures II (2004)

The annual Tony Award broadcast provides the only filmed record of Broadway's best for audiences to experience as if they were front-row-center on opening night. This second compilation of great musical moments from the Tonys features another dazzling array of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher A. Cohen
CAST:  Gregory Hines  •  Nathan Lane  •  Bea Arthur  •  Katharine Hepburn

The annual Tony Award broadcast provides the only filmed record of Broadway's best for audiences to experience as if they were front-row-center on opening night. This second compilation of great musical moments from the Tonys features another dazzling array of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher A. Cohen
CAST:  Gregory Hines  •  Nathan Lane  •  Bea Arthur  •  Katharine Hepburn

Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Hollywood Bowl (1994)

He hasn't had a new Broadway show since 1983's La Cage Aux Folles, but composer Jerry Herman has become ubiquitous on the concert, tribute and benefit scene, as evidenced by a video release of "Jerry Herman's Broadway - at the Hollywood Bowl." The star-studded ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Carol Channing  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Lorna Luft

He hasn't had a new Broadway show since 1983's La Cage Aux Folles, but composer Jerry Herman has become ubiquitous on the concert, tribute and benefit scene, as evidenced by a video release of "Jerry Herman's Broadway - at the Hollywood Bowl." The star-studded ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Halvorson
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Carol Channing  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Lorna Luft

Uncle Bob (2010)

Robert Oppel's documentary about the life and murder of his uncle and namesake, Robert Opel, the man who streaked the Academy Awards in 1974.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Oppel
CAST:  Divine  •  Bea Arthur  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Touko Laaksonen

Robert Oppel's documentary about the life and murder of his uncle and namesake, Robert Opel, the man who streaked the Academy Awards in 1974.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Oppel
CAST:  Divine  •  Bea Arthur  •  Abel Ferrara  •  Touko Laaksonen

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson (2005)

Pamela Anderson was roasted by Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel and pre-taped appearances by David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Gallen
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jimmy Kimmel  •  Andy Dick  •  Sarah Silverman

Pamela Anderson was roasted by Courtney Love, Adam Carolla, Bea Arthur, Nick DiPaolo, Greg Giraldo, Elon Gold, Eddie Griffin, Lady Bunny, Lisa Lampanelli, Tommy Lee, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman, Andy Dick, roastmaster Jimmy Kimmel and pre-taped appearances by David ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Gallen
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jimmy Kimmel  •  Andy Dick  •  Sarah Silverman

Enemies of Laughter (2000)

Nerdy-looking Paul (David Paymer) is a neurotic, failed sitcom writer with a lackluster love life. But his best pal (Judge Reinhold) has an idea that might turn things around when he decides to film Paul's life and turn his romantic disasters into a comedic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Travolta
CAST:  David Paymer  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Rosalind Chao  •  Bea Arthur

Nerdy-looking Paul (David Paymer) is a neurotic, failed sitcom writer with a lackluster love life. But his best pal (Judge Reinhold) has an idea that might turn things around when he decides to film Paul's life and turn his romantic disasters into a comedic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joey Travolta
CAST:  David Paymer  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Rosalind Chao  •  Bea Arthur

For Better or Worse (1995)

A romantic comedy about Michael (Jason Alexander TV's "Seinfeld"), a loser whose recent girlfriend dumped him and to make matters worse, he discovers that his recently married brother Reggie (James Woods "John Q," "Scary Movie 2") is planning to knock over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Alexander
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Lolita Davidovich  •  James Woods  •  Joe Mantegna

A romantic comedy about Michael (Jason Alexander TV's "Seinfeld"), a loser whose recent girlfriend dumped him and to make matters worse, he discovers that his recently married brother Reggie (James Woods "John Q," "Scary Movie 2") is planning to knock over the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Alexander
CAST:  Jason Alexander  •  Lolita Davidovich  •  James Woods  •  Joe Mantegna

That Kind of Woman (1959)

A young G.I. falls in love with a kept woman on a train to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Tab Hunter  •  Jack Warden  •  Barbara Nichols

A young G.I. falls in love with a kept woman on a train to New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Sophia Loren  •  Tab Hunter  •  Jack Warden  •  Barbara Nichols

Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988)

This film combines live action/original animation and library animation. Mickey steals a magic hat from a Sorcerer and is put under a spell by the angry magi so that no one will recognize him until he finds his own magic within. While Mickey is on his quest, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Garen
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  John Ritter  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Kirstie Alley

This film combines live action/original animation and library animation. Mickey steals a magic hat from a Sorcerer and is put under a spell by the angry magi so that no one will recognize him until he finds his own magic within. While Mickey is on his quest, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Garen
CAST:  Woody Harrelson  •  John Ritter  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Kirstie Alley

Mame (1974)

Following the death of his father, an orphan is sent to live with his free-spirited aunt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Saks
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  Bea Arthur  •  Robert Preston  •  Bruce Davison

Following the death of his father, an orphan is sent to live with his free-spirited aunt.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gene Saks
CAST:  Lucille Ball  •  Bea Arthur  •  Robert Preston  •  Bruce Davison

The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series (2003)

Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait" series shines a spotlight on the Golden Girls -- Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan -- with a collection of four programs offering an up-close look at the remarkable lives of the hit show's stars. Valerie Harper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ponticello
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Betty White  •  Estelle Getty  •  Rue McClanahan

Lifetime's "Intimate Portrait" series shines a spotlight on the Golden Girls -- Bea Arthur, Betty White, Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan -- with a collection of four programs offering an up-close look at the remarkable lives of the hit show's stars. Valerie Harper ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Ponticello
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Betty White  •  Estelle Getty  •  Rue McClanahan

The Beatrice Arthur Special (1980)

The Beatrice Arthur Special was a prime time U.S. television special broadcast on CBS on January 19, 1980. The production centered around Bea Arthur, who was joined by guest stars Rock Hudson, Melba Moore and ventriloquist Wayland Flowers with his puppet Madame in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Margolis  •  Howard Morris
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Rock Hudson  •  Melba Moore  •  Wayland Flowers

The Beatrice Arthur Special was a prime time U.S. television special broadcast on CBS on January 19, 1980. The production centered around Bea Arthur, who was joined by guest stars Rock Hudson, Melba Moore and ventriloquist Wayland Flowers with his puppet Madame in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Margolis  •  Howard Morris
CAST:  Bea Arthur  •  Rock Hudson  •  Melba Moore  •  Wayland Flowers

A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury (1996)

Broadway salute to Tony Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury in a star-packed gala November 17,1996 at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. The event was to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS research (AmFAR) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Long a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Brown
CAST:  Len Cariou  •  Bea Arthur  •  Nathan Lane  •  Lauren Bacall

Broadway salute to Tony Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury in a star-packed gala November 17,1996 at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. The event was to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS research (AmFAR) and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Long a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Brown
CAST:  Len Cariou  •  Bea Arthur  •  Nathan Lane  •  Lauren Bacall

The Gift of the Magi (1958)

A musical version of O. Henry's famous Christmas story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Schaefer
CAST:  Bea Arthur

A musical version of O. Henry's famous Christmas story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Schaefer
CAST:  Bea Arthur
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