`Golden Girls' star Bea Arthur dies at 86

**FILE** In this Dec. 25, 1985 file photo, four veteran actresses, from left, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Betty White, from the television series "The " Golden Girls" are shown during a break in taping in Hollywood. Actress Estelle Getty has died at the age of 84. Her son, Carl Gettleman, says she died early Tuesday at home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A family spokesman for Bea Arthur says the
star of TV's "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" has died.

Spokesman Dan Watt says the 86-year-old Arthur died at home
early Saturday. He says Arthur 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
sitcoms 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).

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