Golden Girls star Bea Arthur dies at 86
April 26, 2009 - 9:26AM
A family spokesman for Bea Arthur says the star of TV's Maude and The Golden Girls has died aged 86.
Spokesman Dan Watt said Arthur died at home early on Saturday. He said she had cancer, but he declined to give further details.
The tall, deep-voiced actress won a Tony Award for the musical Mame and Emmy Awards for The Golden Girls and Maude. Arthur's razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines helped make the TV comedies hits and turned the veteran stage and film actress into a popular TV star.
Arthur first appeared as the character Maude in the 1970s landmark comedy series All in the Family, making guest appearances as the loudly outspoken, liberal in-law of blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor).