Raised in the Eastern Shore town of Camebridge, Maryland
First stage role as "Lysistrata" at the Dramatic Workshop of the School of Social Research
Professional stage debut in the Off-Broadway production of "Dog Beneath the Skin"
First TV appearance was an episode of NBC's "Kraft Television Theatre"
Received widespread acclaim as Lucy Brown in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Threepenny Opera"
Broadway debut as Madame Suze in "Seventh Heaven"
TV regular on the NBC variety program "Caesar's Hour"
Opened Off-Broadway in "Ulysses in Nighttown"
Feature acting debut, "That Kind of Woman"
Portrayed Yente in Harnick and Bock's Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof"
Won a Tony Award starring opposite Angela Lansbury in Broadway's "Mame"; directed by then husband Gene Saks
Featured in a comedy film based on the play by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, "Lovers and Other Strangers"
Introduced the character of Maude, an outspoken liberal and Edith Bunker's cousin on CBS' "All in the Family"
Played Maude Findlay, an outspoken liberal in the CBS series "Maude"
Reprised her "Mame" role opposite Lucille Ball in the poorly received film adaptation; again directed by husband Saks
Hosted own TV special, "The Beatrice Arthur Special" (CBS)
Acted in Mel Brooks' "History of the World, Part I"
Played the title character in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Amanda's"
Appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen's "The Floating Light Bulb"
Played the sarcastic, Dorothy Zbornak in the NBC sitcom, "The Golden Girls"
Acted in Jason Alexander's feature directorial debut, "For Better or Worse"
Starred in the Los Angeles production of "Bermuda Avenue Triangle"; penned by Taylor and Bologna
Appeared in the Los Angeles production of Anne Meara's "After-Play"
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest-starring role on FOX's "Malcolm in the Middle"
Made a return to Broadway starring in the one-woman show "Bea Arthur on Broadway: Just Between Friends"; the show was nominated for a Tony award for Best Special Theatrical Event
Played Larry David's mother on the season five finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"