Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

76 (passed away Jun. 3rd, 2010)
Feb. 21st, 1934
Born in
Healdton, Oklahoma, USA.
5' 3

Rue McClanahan's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Golden Girls TV Show
The Golden Girls
Mama's Family TV Show
Mama's Family
Sordid Lives: The Series TV Show
Sordid Lives: The Series
The Golden Palace TV Show
The Golden Palace
Safe Harbor TV Show
Safe Harbor
Apple Pie TV Show
Apple Pie
Darkroom TV Show
Ladies Man TV Show
Ladies Man
Small & Frye TV Show
Small & Frye
Grandpa Goes to Washington TV Show
Grandpa Goes to Washington
The Cross-Wits TV Show
The Cross-Wits
TV Tales TV Show
TV Tales

Main Movie Roles

2003 - The Fighting Temptations
1997 - Out to Sea
1997 - Starship Troopers
1996 - Dear God
1971 - They Might Be Giants
1965 - Angel's Flight
1961 - Five Minutes to Live

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Vivian Cavender Harmon
Mary Hubble
Lila Winslow
Irene Pembroke
Carol Babcock
Mattie Bemstein
Eleanor Smathers
Anastasia Hardy (Voiced)
[Complete List]


A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on "All in the Family" (1971) and later "Maude" (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on "Mama's Family" (1983) until it was canceled by NBC. She hit her comedic stride as a sharp tongued oversexed Southern belle on "The Golden Girls" (1985).

  • Played the same character, Blanche Devereaux, on four different TV series: _"The Golden Palace" (1992)_ (qv), _"The Golden Girls" (1985)_ (qv), _"Nurses" (1991)_ (qv), and _"Empty Nest" (1988)_ (qv).
  • After her second marriage broke up, she went to New York, and started doing films. She thinks her "They Might Be Giants" part her best movie part.
  • Aunt of actress 'Amelia Kinkade' (qv).
  • Still has "jitters" for opening nights, about rehearsals and worrying about not having enough time to prepare perfectly.
  • An Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
  • She graduated cum laude in the University of Tulsa with a degree in German and theatre arts. She was also the only female member of the school's science club.
  • 'Betty White (I)' (qv) was originally considered for the role of the sexpot, Blanche, on _"The Golden Girls" (1985)_ (qv). However, Betty had already been the aggressive Sue Ann Nivens on _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv) and Rue had played the introverted Vivian on _"Maude" (1972)_ (qv). It was thought best not to typecast these two actresses by having them portray similar characters. Therefore, Betty got the part of naive Rose Nylund and Rue played the oversexed Blanche.
  • Is a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.

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