Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In Honor of Bea Arthur

The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed for one minute on Tuesday at 8:00pm in honor of Bea Arthur, who died on Saturday. She was 86.

In 1966, Ms. Arthur won a Tony Award for best featured actress in a musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original Broadway production of “Mame.” Her other Broadway credits include “Plain and Fancy,” “Seventh Heaven” and “Nature’s Way;” she also played Yente the Matchmaker in the original 1964 production of “Fiddler on the Roof” and appeared in Woody Allen’s 1981 play “The Floating Lightbulb.” Her one-woman show “Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends” was nominated for Tony in 2002. In addition, Bea Arthur conquered the small screen with TV hits Maude and as Dorothy Zbornak in The Golden Girls.

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