Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress, comedienne, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame on the 1970s Norman Lear sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, 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 in the original cast of Mame.
When Cleveland Brown Jr. gets all mushy over Candice West in "Brotherly Love", Rallo speculates that she is somewhere between a past and present Bea Arthur. With a shot of her grave, Bea threatens that God will get Rallo before Norman Lear credits roll past.