Bea Arthur
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Bea Arthur through the years

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Arthur in 1977 with her then-husband, director Gene Saks. (Associated Press)
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The actress in 1975. (Associated Press)
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The cast of the “The Golden Girls.” Arthur, left, with Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty(Associated Press)
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Arthur played the acerbic Maude Findlay on Norman Lear’s sitcom “Maude.” (CBS)
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Arthur on opening night of her Broadway-bound solo show at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in 2001. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
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Arthur on Broadway in 2005. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)
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The “Golden Girls” in 1985: Estelle Getty, left, Rue McClanahan, Arthur and Betty White(Unknown)
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Arthur preps for a performance of the play “Bermuda Avenue Triangle” in the mid-'90s. (Los Angeles Times)
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Arthur listens to Holly Cheever, a doctor of veterinary medicine, testify in support of a bill by state Sen. John Burton (D-San Francisco) that would prohibit the force-feeding of ducks and geese to produce foie gras. Arthur supported animal rights. (Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times)
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Arthur, center, stands with fellow “Golden Girls” Betty White, left, and Rue McClanahan to accept the pop culture award at the TV Land Awards in 2008. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
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Arthur in 1985 at the Bel Air Hotel. (Wally Fong / Associated Press)
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Arthur accepts her Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for “The Golden Girls” in 1988. (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
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Arthur with her dog, Julie, in 1978. (Wally Fong / Associated Press)
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Liberal Maude Findlay, played by Arthur, jousts in her home with conservative John Wayne on the third season premiere of “Maude” in 1974. ()
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