76 (passed away Jun. 3rd, 2010)
Feb. 21st, 1934
Healdton, Oklahoma, USA.
Rue McClanahan's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2003 - 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
Vivian Cavender Harmon
Anastasia Hardy (Voiced)
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).
- '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.
- 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.
- In 1997, Rue was diagnosed with cancer. She had a lumpectomy and five months of chemotherapy. She now does a lecture entitled "Aging Gracefully" for breast-cancer support groups.
- 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.
- Is a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.
- Mother of 'Mark Bish' (qv).
- Is of Scot-Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry.
- An Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.