18 Facts About ‘The Golden Girls’ You Never Heard Until Now

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Bea Arthur, then Bernice Frankel, was, like her character Dorothy, the child of two immigrants. In the 1940’s and amidst the hubbub that was the second world war, Bea waited five days after the Marines began adding women to their ranks to sign up. She had to have the permission of her parents to do so, since she wasn’t yet 21. During her years with the Marines Bea worked as a dispatcher and driver both. She also married her first husband while she was stationed in North Carolina, and it’s from him she took the last name Arthur. Her husband was a fellow Marine, but the marriage only lasted 2+ years.

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