Long before she adopted different a stage name, Bernice Frankel was doing something to support her country.

After World War II began in 1939 and the United States became involved in 1941, Frankel knew she wanted to help. That’s when she joined the Marines and went to war.

In World War II, Bernice became one of the first ever female United States Marines, and went on to serve for nearly three years.

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She later became an actress, performing under a different name.

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Bea Arthur.


She later gained prominence with her role in The Golden Girls.


It’s wild to think that while she spent all those years delighting audiences, she was hiding such an incredible past.


Bea’s service makes her role as a strong female role model even more evident. The world misses you, Bea!

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