Show Business: Big Bea

Once upon the days of the Depression, the twelve-year-old daughter of a clothier in Cambridge, Md., dreamed of becoming a star—"a very small, blonde movie star." But the little girl was 5 ft.

9½ in. tall and most definitely brunette, and she grew up into a towering 5-ft. 11-in. handsome woman with the voice of a diesel truck in second gear. Last year that imposing, now graying, woman with the small blonde ingénue inside marched onto the nation's television screens as Maude. It took fate 40-odd years to get around to her, but Bea Arthur is finally a star.

If Actress Arthur is...

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