|Born||Maureen Louise Arthur
April 15, 1934
San Jose, California, U.S.
Life and career
Arthur appeared in numerous movies and television programs from the late 1950s through the early 1990s as well as on Broadway. On television she appeared in such programs as Bourbon Street Beat, The Red Skelton Hour, Perry Mason, Branded, I Spy, The Monkees, The Flying Nun, Love, American Style, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Sanford and Son, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Murder, She Wrote, and Matlock.
In 1967, in arguably her most prominent single movie role, she portrayed Hedy LaRue in the film version of the Broadway hit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Her catch phrase, "OK Charlie." In 1969, she co-starred with Don Knotts in the screwball comedy The Love God? and with Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason and Jane Wyman in the romantic comedy How to Commit Marriage.
In the mid-1960s she recorded a pop tune on the Carlton record label titled "Don't Make The Angels Cry" and "What Does He Do With Her". A second single, "Don't Leave Me," was unreleased, though an acetate recording exists. In New York, she studied singing and studying drama with Wynn Handman of the Neighborhood Playhouse. She made frequent appearances on The Steve Allen Show and on The Ed Sullivan Show before moving on to play the Rivera Hotel in Las Vegas with the Latin Quarter Review. She traveled on to Los Angeles to start in her motion pictures, beginning with Hot Rod Gang, Thunder Alley and Killers Three.
While in Los Angeles, she auditioned for the national cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and landed the part of Hedy La Rue. In New York for rehearsals, she toured the country for two years and was in the Broadway production for one year before returning to Los Angeles for another audition, this time for the movie. After several more movies, she headed back again to Broadway for Something Different, a play written and directed by Carl Reiner, and starring Bob Dishy and Linda Lavin. When that play closed, she returned to Los Angeles to marry producer/creator Aaron Ruben. Her performance as Miss Adelaide in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera revival of Guys and Dolls brought her a Drama Critics' Best Performance Award.
Arthur was married to musician George William Weidler from 1957 to 1970, when the couple divorced. She was married, secondly, to producer Aaron Ruben, from October 30, 1971 until his death on January 30, 2010.
She performed at the Variety of Iowa Telethons yearly for over 25 years and was a member of the Iowa Chapter of Variety. Her longtime association with Variety earned her the title of "First Lady of Variety Clubs Telethons" and went on to earning the prestigious official title of International Ambassador. She was a longtime president of Variety, the Children's Charity of Southern California, Tent 25.
- Hot Rod Gang (1958)
- A Man Called Dagger (1967) (and sang title song)
- Thunder Alley (1967)
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967)
- Killers Three (1968)
- The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968)
- How to Commit Marriage (1969)
- The Love God? (1969)
- The Love Machine (1971)
- Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)