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).
- 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).
- 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.
- Became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Tulsa.
- Is of Scot-Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry.
- 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.