Best known for her roles as Maude Findlay in\u00a0Maude\u00a0and as\u00a0Dorothy Zbornak in\u00a0The Golden Girls,\u00a0Bea Arthur is a favorite actress of the 1970s and 1980s, known for her outspokenness. Being outspoken certainly didn\u2019t stop the tall, deep-voiced actress from winning critical and public acclaim. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series nine times. The actress was born\u00a0Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York, to\u00a0Philip and Rebecca Frankel. In the years of the Great Depression, her family left New York and opened a clothing store in Cambridge, Maryland. Arthur (left) at the 1989 Emmy Awards with close friend Angela Lansbury (right). Author: Alan Light CC by 2.0 Bea Arthur was among the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine, although she\u00a0never spoke about her time spent in the Marine Corps, presumably because she thought it was a personal matter. For years she denied having any military experience but, one year after she passed away, the Smoking Gun uncovered some\u00a0documents\u00a0that\u00a0showed the actress\u00a0spent 30 months serving as a truck driver and typist. Her 1943 U.S. Marine Corp identification card photo When did women begin 'infiltrating' the Marines? The\u00a0Marine Corps was almost exclusively male until\u00a0World War II except for the 305 female Marines who enlisted back in 1918 and served during World War I. However, a year after the United States entered World War II, the Marine Corps opened its ranks to both genders,\u00a0most likely\u00a0due to personnel shortages. Usually called Women Reservists, they served in non-combat positions but played an important role in the war effort. The\u00a0Maude\u00a0and\u00a0Golden Girls\u00a0star enlisted in 1943 at 21 years of age and, according to the website, was first assigned as a typist at Marine headquarters in Washington, D.C.\u00a0During her military career, she also served at Marine Corps and Navy air stations in Virginia and North Carolina, reportedly advancing through the ranks, moving from private to corporal, to sergeant, to staff sergeant, before she received her honorable discharge in 1945. About a year after Frankel\u00a0joined the Marines, she married a fellow Marine named Robert Alan Aurthur and eventually changed her name\u00a0in military records to Bernice Arthur. As soon as she started her acting career, Bernice would again change her name, adjusting it\u00a0to\u00a0Bea Arthur. Lights. Camera. ACTION! Arthur returned to New York to study acting at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School, joining the famed Actors Studio where she would meet her second husband, Gene Saks. The couple got married shortly after the actress divorced her first husband in 1950. The following year, she appeared for the first time on television in a series titled\u00a0Once Upon a Tune,\u00a0but getting the role of Lucy Brown in the U.S. premiere of\u00a0Threepenny Opera\u00a0is what marked the early years of her acting career. In 1966, Bea Arthur won a Tony Award for her supporting role in\u00a0Mame. Bea Arthur as Maude circa 1973 In 1971, Arthur took a\u00a0guest role on CBS\u2019\u00a0All in the Family\u00a0as Maude Findlay,\u00a0Edith Bunker\u2019s cousin, and a year later, starred in had her own spin-off show,\u00a0Maude.\u00a0She became very\u00a0popular and\u00a0earned five Emmy nominations for her role in\u00a0Maude,\u00a0which ran for six years on CBS. Flickr: Loren Javier About 13 years after\u00a0Maude\u00a0began,\u00a0The Golden Girls\u00a0premiered on television and Bea Arthur once again found herself\u00a0in the national spotlight, forever cementing her place in the history of Hollywood as one of the greatest comic actresses. But Bea Arthur is way more than just a Hollywood star, becoming a symbol for the independent woman and a strong advocate\u00a0for LGBT rights. What remains a mystery about Arthur\u2019s life is why she never chose to speak about her 30 months spent in the military. This part of her life remains an enigma. https:\/\/youtu.be\/Ey3xn8Wdhig Source Related Articles:\u00a0 Betty White, An American Favorite, Turns 95! An Ode To The Golden Girls If you LIKE this story, please SHARE this story!