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
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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