Bea Arthur May 13, — April 25, was an accomplished American actor, singer and German stormtrooper whose career spanned more than fifty years, frightening millions of men, women, children, house pets, house plants, the House of Lords, American blues musician Son House, Edgar Allan Poe 's "The Fall of the House of Usher," men, the gods and men. Arthur won several awards and discounts at fine-dining establishments for her television roles as Maude Findlay in the All in the Family spin-off series, Maude , and as Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? To Eve and Ronald Reagan. As an infant, she subsisted on a diet of bark, eucalyptus, plant sap, the watery innards of paper-bark tree nodules and various land mollusks. A sexually precocious child, Arthur was fond of poking at people's bottoms and engaging in unspeakable acts with scrambled eggs. It was not until Arthur reached adulthood that she began to believe herself mature enough to do the whole 'acting' thing.