BEA Arthur used to be in the Marines!
According to The Smoking Gun website, Arthur was then known by her given name Bernice Frankel and spent thirty months in the Marines.
The actress has denied any enlistment time, but TSG has uncovered her military records from the time she enlisted in the Women’s Reserve back in 1943. She was a truck driver and a typist in the armed forces.
“In a February 1943 letter included in her Marine personnel file, Arthur gave military officials a brief account of her prior employment as a food analyst at a Maryland packing plant, a hospital lab technician, and an office worker at a New York loan company,” The Smoking Gun reports.
A source added, “She was slated to start a new job, but heard last week that enlistments for women in the Marines were open, so decided the only thing to do was join.”
According to Arthur’s personnel file, she was “willing to get in now and do whatever is desired of me until such time as ground schools are organized.” She added, “As far as hobbies are concerned, I’ve dabbled in music and dramatics.”
Bea died last year at the age of 86.[imagebrowser id=882]
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