Intimate Portrait is a biographical series that aired on the Lifetime network. Presented by Meredith Vieira, each episode focuses exclusively on womens' achievements, inspirations and private lives.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Intimate Portrait - Bea Arthur - Netflix
Beatrice “Bea” Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedian, singer, Marine, and animal rights activist. Her career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family (1971–72) and Maude (1972–78), and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–92), winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A stage actress both before and after her television success, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Vera Charles in the original cast of Mame (1966).
Intimate Portrait - Influences - Netflix
In 1999, Arthur told an interviewer of the three influences in her career: “Sid Caesar taught me the outrageous; [method acting guru] Lee Strasberg taught me what I call reality; and [original Threepenny Opera star] Lotte Lenya, whom I adored, taught me economy.” Another source of influence to Arthur, was that of famed actress/director Ida Lupino whom Arthur praised as, "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. "
Intimate Portrait - References - Netflix