The Golden Girls star Bea Arthur has died at the age of 86.
The actress, who played Dorothy Zbornak in the hit show from 1985 until 1992, lost her battle with cancer at her Los Angeles home on Saturday (25Apr09).
Arthur began her career on the stage, winning critical acclaim for her performance in a 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, and landing a Tony Award for her turn in 1966 musical Mame.
She moved on to television with a role in 1970s show Maude before landing a part in hit sitcom The Golden Girls. She won Emmy Awards for both series.
Arthur was married twice and is survived by two adult sons, Matthew and Daniel, and two granddaughters.