Homeless LGBT Girls' Shelter Of Bea Arthur Is On And During Her Life She Explained The Strong Reason To Help Them

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December 15, 2017 12:18 By Fabiosa

Bea Arthur, born on May 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York, is an American actress, singer, comedian, and animal rights activists. She started as a stage actress and then moved to television and films. Her marvelous career spanned seven decades.

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'The Golden Girls' Star

Bea Arthur, who was raised in a Jewish home, has two sisters, Gertrude and Marian. She attended an all-girls high school and college. She gained interest in acting when she joined her college’s drama program. She worked as a typist and truck driver with the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve during the WWII. The actress achieved fame when she played Maude Findlay in All in the Family (1971–72) and Maude (1972–78), and known as Dorothy Zbornak from The Golden Girls (1985–92).

Bea who is an inductee of the Academy's Television Hall of Fame (2008) won Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Emmy Award twice for her role in Maude (1977) and for The Golden Girls in 1988. She is also a receiver of the American Theatre Wing's Tony Award in 1966 for her performance in the musical Mame.

The award-winning American sitcom, The Golden Girls, had Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, as four older women characters who share a home in Miami, Florida. Each of the four actresses received the Emmy Award for their role in the popular sitcom. In 1992, the television series came to an end at season 6 after Arthur decided to leave.

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Legacy

Bea Arthur, known for her unmatched generosity, died of cancer in 2009 at the age of 86. Her body was cremated and spread all over Miami.

Arthur, a committed animal rights activist, was a gentle and introverted person. She got married twice and had two adopted sons. Through her charity and in her major television roles, she championed the fight for equal rights for women and also advocated for Jewish communities. She was articulate and well outspoken.

For many years, she lent her support to LBGT and also to the New York City organization, Ali Forney Centre, that provides housing for homeless LGBT youths. Eight long years after her demise, Bea still shows love to the LGBTQ community. The center which was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and was about to fold up received a donation of $300,000 from Arthur’s will.

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Bea Arthur Residence For LGBT Youths Has Opened

Part of the donation to the Ali Forney center was used in the renovation of the building that would hold the shelter. The 18-bed shelter situated in Manhattan, New York, was named Bea Arthur Residence. The facility was created to cater for homeless LGBT youths and to teach them to be prepared to live alone successfully. The residence is now open and awaiting its first residents.

She used to say:

This organization really is saving lives.

Bea Arthur’s legacy lives on, and she would be remembered for her activism and charities.

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