76 (passed away Jun. 3rd, 2010)
Feb. 21st, 1934
Healdton, Oklahoma, USA.
Rue McClanahan's Main TV Roles
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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).
- Became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Tulsa.
- Is of Scot-Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry.
- 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).
- 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.
- An Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
- 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.
- Mother of 'Mark Bish' (qv).
- 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.