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Fast Facts

  • Attended New York's Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research with Tony Curtis, Harry Belafonte, Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau and Rod Steiger.
  • Made TV debut in a 1951 episode of Kraft Television Theatre, which led to steadier work on Caesar's Hour.
  • Debuted on Broadway in a 1954 production of The Threepenny Opera.
  • She was two months younger than Estelle Getty, who played her sharp-tongued mother, Sophia Petrillo, on Golden Girls.
  • Was an avid supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Awards

  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 2002, Tony — Special Theatrical Event: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1987, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1986, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1966, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Winner

Relationships

  • Philip Frankel — Father
  • Marian Frankel — Sister
  • Daniel Saks — Son
  • Rebecca Frankel — Mother
  • Robert Alan Aurthur — Ex-husband
  • Gene Saks — Ex-husband
  • Matthew Saks — Son
  • Gertrude Frankel — Sister

College

  • Attended Blackstone College, Blackstone, VA; attended Franklin Institute of Science and Arts, Philadelphia, PA

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Details

  • Birth Name: Bernice Frankel
  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: May 13, 1922, Taurus
  • Died: April 25, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Comedian
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