She made the jump to the screen in the 1960s and soon became a staple as a guest star on various popular television shows.
At her third audition, she was so determined to get the part that she didn't mince words with the makeup artist.
According to imdb, Sally was the uncredited victim.
And that's how she landed her own sitcom.
She does look like Elissa.
Needless to say, Arthur loved the role — so much so that she went on to play the part for six years on her own sitcom, Maude, of course playing the titular character.