Deadpan star of TV, stage won 2 Emmys


Bea Arthur, whose acerbic wit and dry delivery delighted national TV audiences on such long- running shows as "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," died Saturday at age 86.

She died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, he added, declining to give details.

Arthur won two Primetime Emmys for lead actress in a comedy series, for "Maude" in 1977 and "Golden Girls" in 1988. In all, she received 11 Emmy nominations and nine Golden Globe noms.

In 1966, Arthur won a Tony for her Broadway portrayal of Vera Charles in "Mame," directed by her then-husband Gene Saks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.