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Rue McClanahan
Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan played the part of Blanche Devereaux on the NBC-TV series The Golden Girls.

Vital information
Gender: Female
Nationality American
Born: (1934-01-21)January 21, 1934
Birthplace: Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died June 3, 2010(2010-06-03) (aged 76)
Death Location New York City, New York, U.S.
Career information
Occupation/
Career:
Actress
Years active: 1957-2010
Family/Personal information
Hometown Resided in New York City, New York
Series connection
Appeared on/Involved with: The Golden Girls/The Golden Palace
Characer/appeared as: Blanche Devereaux
Episodes appeared in: Appeared in all episodes in both series


Rue McClanahan (born February 21, 1934 - died June 3, 2010) was an American actress born in Healdton, Oklahoma. McClanahan was a frequent television performer and Broadway star during the 1960s. After a role in one episode of All in the Family in 1971, producer Norman Lear cast McClanahan as Vivian Harmon in Maude (1972-78) alongside her future The Golden Girls castmate Bea Arthur.

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Rue McClanahan with Bea Arthur on the CBS-TV series Maude

Rue McClanahan also co-starred with another future Golden Girl in the series Mama's Family. McClanahan's character Aunt Fran was a fixture of the first two seasons of the show, starting in 1982, though the character was killed off after the show was cancelled by NBC in 1984 and subsequently renewed in syndication. Betty White played Ellen Jackson, Fran's niece, on the first three seasons of the series.

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Rue McClanahan with Vicki Lawrence and Betty White in Mama's Family

McClanahan is best known for her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, Blanche Devereaux, in The Golden Girls which began in 1985. She once again worked with Bea Arthur and Betty White, as well as Estelle Getty. All four of the women won Emmy awards for their roles in the series, Rue in 1987. After Bea Arthur left the show after seven seasons, McClanahan, White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in The Golden Palace (1992).

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Rue McClanahan continued to work regularly, primarily in television, with guest roles on series such as Touched by an Angel, King of the Hill and Law & Order. Her final role as a series regular was in Sordid Lives (2008) on the Logo network, as Peggy Ingram, the older sister of Sissy Hickey and mother of Latrelle, LaVonda and Earl "Brother Boy".

Her autobiography, My First Five Husbands ... and the Ones Who Got Away, was published in 2007. McClanahan also spent her time joining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and cruelty against animals. She died on June 3, 2010, after a stroke.

Awards and nominations for The Golden GirlsEdit

Emmy Award Nominations:

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1986)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1987) (Won)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1988)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1989)

Golden Globe Nominations:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical (1986)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical (1987)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical (1988)

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