She had already enjoyed success on the stage by the time she became an even bigger star in midlife, thanks to ground-breaking television roles in “Maude” and “The Golden Girls.” Following the news of her death on Saturday, Bea Arthur was remembered for her distinctive style, her talent and her game-changing performances on stage and screen.

Los Angeles Times:

Arthur first appeared on TV in the landmark comedy series All in the Family as Edith Bunker’s loudly outspoken, liberal cousin Maude Findlay.

In 1972, Arthur took that character to a spinoff series, Maude. Maude lived in an affluent community with her husband Walter (Bill Macy) and divorced daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau) .

The groundbreaking show touched on many taboo topics including abortion and sexuality.

Arthur’s role garnered several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including her Emmy win in 1977 for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.

In a 2008 interview, Arthur said she was lucky to be discovered by TV after a long stage career.

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