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Rue McClanahan

Born: 1934-02-21 - Died: 2010-06-03
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Death Summary: McClanahan passed away in New York Presbyterian Hospital, following a large stroke she received three days prior.

Who was Rue McClanahan : Rue McClanahan is a famous actress most notable for her stint on Golden Girls and performances on Broadway, and Off-Broadway. McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma; the daughter of a beautician and building contractor. She would attend the University of Tulsa, graduating with honors with a degree in German and theater arts.

McClanahan started her acting career in 1957 with appearances in Off-Broadway shows. She would eventually receive a big break in 1969, by way of the musical, Jimmy Shine. She would act opposite of Dustin Hoffman, who had the title role. A few years later (1972), McClanahan would make her television debut with the TV show Maude. She played Maude's (Bea Arthur) best friend, Vivian Harmon.

After Maude, McClanahan continued her career with the show Mama's Family. Her next big role, and most notable was Blanche Devereaux on the hit series, Golden Girls. The show was an instant hit, following four women in their golden years who lived as roomates in the same house. McClanahan's character was noted for being man-crazed, and highly competitive. Her turn as Blanche earned her an Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actress' in 1987. She would be nominated in '86, '87, '88, and '89.

After her long success on Golden Girls, McClanahan would appear in various movies and other TV shows. Her most known work was Madame Morrible, in the musical: Wicked.

McClanahan had an interesting life outside of her acting as well. She was married six times, and wrote a book about her married life titled: 'My First Five Husbands...And the Ones Who Got Away'. In 1997 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but would eventually fully recover from it. Coincidentally, this was the same year she was married to Morrow Wilson who she remained married to until her death.
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  1. Noreen Malarkey Says:

    You will be dearly missed Rue,thank you for all the joy and laughter that you brought into everyone’s lives. You will be treasured in my heart always.

  2. Beverly Richardson Says:

    Rue you will be missed dearly. I have watched everything you have been. I loved you in Golden Girls. I still watch the reruns.

  3. Alicia Ocasio Says:

    Rest in peace, and my condolences to the family, She was always my favorite on the golden girls.

  4. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    Rue you will be missed alot, you were my favorite on the golden girls. I just loved your character. Rest in peace, and my condolences to the family.

  5. Marlene Ubau-Alvarez Says:

    thank you for being my friend.
    Heaven has another golden angel.

  6. Sabrina Anderson Says:

    R.I.P Rue

  7. marion frderick Says:

    Earth has lost such a delightful person but heaven has gained your delightfulness. I pray each night that all my animals will greet me in heaven and until that time, may they be with you.

  8. Jeaninne Morrow Says:

    You are truly missed!! Love you!

  9. leo Says:

    What a girl! another sad loss to the entertainment world. We are not gonna see such talent again RIP

  10. gloria hollingsworth Says:

    blanche, rue you are dearly loved by me always, thanks for the laughs on golden girls i am watching you right now. i will always love you and the rest of the girls. all of you rest in peace see you all soon. love always. gloria h.

  11. cherie and robert lee Says:

    our condolences go out to her family at this time. we loved her in the golden girls and beyond. she was a very talented actress.

  12. Gordon Rigney Says:

    truly talented and beatiful lady so hard to find a lady with so much talent im sure you are makin them laugh in heaven miss you so

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  14. Darren Openshaw Says:

    god bless blanch love you thinking of the family lots of love and prayers from manchester uk

  15. Sheryl Says:

    Thank you Rue, Bea, Estelle, and Betty for the laughs and thank you for leading the way for the rest of us, women of age that is, for showing us that ageing doesn’t have to be gloom and doom. You will be sorely missed.

  16. lizz anderson Says:

    i will miss you!

  17. jennifer deleary Says:

    im sorry to she you go i loved everything you ever did from tv to movies

  18. Marilyn Eisenhardt Says:

    There should have been many more years. My profound condolences to her family and those close to her.She has left a glorious legacy

  19. Ann House Says:

    May God Bless You for eternity, Blanche! You were the light and laugh of Golden Girls and will be dearly missed. I took classes from your sister at ULM College and she reminded me of you and your wit!
    Love what you gave me always!

  20. chelsea Says:

    u will be missed alot….i remember mee and my mom use to watch the gold girls we all lought u where all wayss the funny one….i hope ur happy where u r <3

  21. Brendan Says:

    I remember my parents loving the Golden Girls show and laughing and loving your character. RIP Rue McClanahan.

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  24. Diana Perez Says:

    my favorite show “The Golden Girls” I just loved all 4 actresses but Rue was one of a kind when it came to acting. She was a very good actress. I will dearly miss them all.

  25. Cheri Payton Says:

    I love her as Blanche on Golden Girls..

  26. Alex Koke Says:

    We will miss you very much. I loved you on Golden Girls.

  27. venessa logan Says:

    i just loved the role that she played. just so happens i had a dear friend who was really like that. memories love it god bless you rip

  28. James Waller Says:

    Always a Golden Girl, all of you were so great. You made Oklahoma proud of you Rue. Thanks for being a friend.

  29. Walter Bonds Says:

    God bless her and family,luv watching her.

  30. Elizabeth Breeding Says:

    R.I.P we miss you

  31. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    What can I say Rue….You are my Spunky,Spicy Friend on TV….We will Miss you my friend.
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  32. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    So sorry to hear of Your Passing…You will be missed…

  33. Rejoice pfupajena Says:

    A star wil always be a star

  34. patrisia j. Says:

    Hi sweetie! I loved you in golden girls so much. It’s still my favorite show. The show always made me feel at home as if i was in the show myself. Iloved all of you in the show, it felt like you were my family.

  35. Natasha Lea Says:

    Oh! how I will miss her so much,me and my children would come in from having outdoor fun in the summertime when we knew it was time for GOLDEN GIRLS!! we still enjoy watching all the shows as if for the first time.

  36. Dale Says:

    Love you Rue you still make my laugh…..

  37. gary miller Says:

    rest in peace sweet lady you brought me many happy moments on maude, golden girls rest

  38. gary miller Says:

    rest in peace sweet lady you brought me many happy moments on maude, golden girls rest .

  39. mamie ybarra Says:

    she will b greatly missed…

  40. LIN Says:

    Golden til the very end

  41. rudy Says:

    i remember watching the golden girls all the time. i miss you

  42. The Fabulous Jo Says:

    Rue you were my girl on Golden Girls. You will be deeply missed.

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  44. Ali Says:

    I grew up to seeing my uncle watching the Golden Girls, I did too… I must say, out of the four of you, you were the funniest

  45. Riley Parker Says:

    i always loved the golden girls and i still do. R.I.P.

  46. Tina Riserbato Says:

    I think I have watched every episode of Golden Girls at least 10 times.

    I think every women wanted to have a little bit of Blanche’s character. She was fun, man crazy and there will never be another character like hers on TV again.

    She played the part so well, we really believed there really was a Blanche living happily and dating in Florida. May you rest in peace in heaven with you fellow golden girls. What a party you girls must be having up there.

    Your show truly holds a warm spot in our hearts.

  47. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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