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

Guest 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).

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Tulsa.
  • 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.
  • Is a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.
  • An Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
  • Mother of 'Mark Bish' (qv).

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