R.I.P. Rue McClanahan

Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan has passed away after suffering a brain hemorrhage. She was 76 years old.

McClanahan was best known as the over-sexed Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on the hit TV series The Golden Girls. It was a role for which she received an Emmy award for Best Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and three further nominations.

Her career began on the stage, appearing in several off-Broadway and regional productions in the 1960s (including, somewhat presciently, A Streetcar Named Desire). The following decade she was cast beside future Golden Girlfriend Beatrice Arthur in the TV show Maude.

It wasn’t until 1985 that McClanahan became a household name as one of the four Golden Girls. McClanahan, Arthur, Estelle Getty and Betty White starred as eccentric older ladies living together in Miami. The show was an enormous hit. Following its cancellation in 1992, McClanahan joined White and Getty in the ill-fated spinoff Golden Palace.

During the past two decades, McClanahan appeared sporadically in film (including Starship Troopers) and television. She also briefly portrayed Madame Morrible in the long-running Broadway show Wicked.

McClanahan battled breast cancer in 1997, and would go on to lecture cancer support groups. In 2009, she underwent heart bypass surgery.

Betty White is now the last surviving Golden Girl, following Arthur’s passing in 2009 and Getty’s death in 2008.

Discuss: We’re big fans of The Golden Girls at Quickflix, so Rue will most certainly be missed. Would you care to share any favourite GG quotes as a tribute?

2 Responses to “R.I.P. Rue McClanahan”

  1. Rue you gave us so much laughter in the Golden Girls.Another star that God has now added to his collection.

  2. Rue, You are a legend =[RIP =[ =[ =[

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