Was Bea Arthur Jewish?

Bea Arthur

Well, to make a long story short, Bea Arthur was Jewish!

Since Bea Arthur's mother was Jewish, and in Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, those with a Jewish mother (or those who underwent a halakhic conversion) are considered Jewish, then that makes her Jewish. Her father was Jewish too.

Bea Arthur (whose full birth name was Bernice Frankel) was born on May 13, 1922 in New York, New York.

Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family (1971–72) and Maude (1972–78), and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–92), winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame (1966).

(Added: 17/01/2015)

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