Bea Arthur Quotes
Bea Arthur Quotes


Biography

Author Profession: Actress
Nationality: American
Born: May 13, 1923







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I come from a small town in Maryland. I came to California in 1972 to begin Maude.


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California, Towns, Small Town
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Many years ago, I was in a Broadway show and I had to wear a fox fur around my shoulders. One day my hand touched one of the fox’s legs. It seemed to be in two pieces. Then it dawned on me…. her leg had probally been snapped in two by the steel trap that had caught it.


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Animal, Hands, Years
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I… was not too happy to suddenly take on this public role thrust upon me. They just assumed I was the Joan of Arc of the women’s movement. And I wasn’t at all. It put a lot of unnecessary pressure on me.


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Roles, Movement, Pressure
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You know, I spend most of my life turning things down. There’s a lot of crap out there.


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Crap, Knows, Spend, 
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I suddenly realized that comedy, for me, was just being honest, and playing it for real. I’ve seen so many wonderful actors who turn into creatures from another planet when they’re told they are supposed to be playing comedy.


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Real, Actors, Just Being
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At least I’m not playing other people for a change. It’s a very odd place to be… I feel I’m an actress who sings a bit.


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Actresses, Feels, Bits
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But that’s one of the nice things about doing a stage show, if something doesn’t work out, you have the luxury of working on it over time.


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Nice, Luxury, Work Out
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I’d never even been to Wrigley Field. I never even enjoyed baseball that much, but I loved being there, the crowd was lovely, and they all sang with me!


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Baseball, Lovely, Crowds
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I really cut my teeth on off-off-off Broadway shows.


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Cutting, Teeth, Broadway
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I’m 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice, and I have a way with a line. What can I do about it? I can’t stay home waiting for something different. I think it’s a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.


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Home, Waiting, Way, Think,
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I can’t imagine working without an audience.


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Without, Audience, Imagine, 
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I really feel all my adult life has been spent in that little black box. If a wonderful part on TV came along I would do it. But I don’t want to do a recurring role. It would just be my luck that the thing would be successful. I’m old enough now and also secure enough financially that I really only want to do what I want to do.


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Life, Black, Luck, Feel,
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I’ve seen so many excellent actors – excellent actors – who, the minute they’re told they’re in a comedy, turn into God knows what – creatures from another planet! I mean they just… the voice changes, they don’t look the same, it’s like – it has no similarity to any living human being, do you know what I mean?


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Look, Comedy, Excellent, 
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I’m very, very involved in charities involving youth.


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Youth, Very, Involved, Charities,
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My dream was to become a very small blonde movie star like Ida Lupino and those other women I saw up there on the screen during the Depression.


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Depression, Women, Small,
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These kids at the Ali Forney Center are literally dumped by their families because of the fact that they are lesbian, gay, or transgender – this organization really is saving lives.


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Organization, Transgender, Lesbian,
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I was very shy and withdrawn as a child, but people know me as these assertive women. They are not me.


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Women, People, Child,
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I can’t say I’m a singer – I’m an actress who can sing.


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Say, Singer, Who, Actress,
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I realised I had spent the majority of my adult life doing two characters – Maude from 1972-’79 and Dorothy from 1985-’92 – and I really didn’t know what I wanted to do after ‘Golden Girls.’ I knew what I didn’t want to do – any more sitcoms, or wait for the next great role that might never come.


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Life, Great, Wait, Never,
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I believe that you’re here on Earth for a short time, and while you’re here, you shouldn’t forget it.


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Believe, Earth, Forget
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I’m not playing a role. I’m being myself, whatever the hell that is.


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Roles, Hell, Being Myself
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Keep fighting for animals by making compassionate, cruelty-free choices every day and encouraging those around you to do the same.


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Fighting, Animal, Choices
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PETA has a proven track record of success. Each victory PETA wins for the animals is a stepping stone upon which we build a more compassionate world for all beings – and we will never give up our fight until all animals are treated with respect and kindness.


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Giving Up, Kindness, Fighting
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All this time I’ve just wanted to be blonde, beautiful and 5 feet 2 inches tall.


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Beautiful, Feet, Blonde
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In sitcoms, the women are so beautiful, understanding and well-bred. They have humor, but sort of display it with a twinkle of the eye and not a guffaw. But there’s no juice in that for me.


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Beautiful, Eye, Understanding
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Making lasting gifts for animals in our estate plans is perhaps the single most important thing we can do to ensure animals have the strongest possible voice for their protection.


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Animal, Voice, Important
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I can’t imagine working without and audience.


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Imagine, Audience, I Can
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I wish there was something more that performers could do other than get out there and sing at benefit performances. I wish I felt that if I had an empty room I’d like to bring in someone and make it a hospice, but I’m not Mother Teresa. I can’t do that.


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Mother, Empty Rooms, Wish
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I was raised in the theater and, as it turned out, a TV show was like performing a new one-act play. So, it was really no different.


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Tv Shows, Play, Different
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