Adored as Blanche Devereaux from TV’s The Golden Girls. She also performed Fran Crowley on Mama’s Family members. While their studies at the School of Tulsa, she joined up with the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She performed Vivian Harmon on Maude, but getting over the Golden Young ladies gained her an Emmy. She wedded and divorced five situations before marrying Morrow Wilson in 1997. The few remained wedded until her loss of life this year 2010. She acquired one son called Tag Bish, with her initial hubby. She starred on it series The Golden Young ladies with Beatrice Arthur.
Full Name Rue McClanahan
Date Of Birth February 21, 1934
Died June 3, 2010, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Healdton, OK
Height 1.6 m
Profession TV Actress
Education University of Tulsa
Spouse Morrow Wilson, Tom Keel, Gus Fisher, Peter DeMaio, Norman Hartweg, Tom Bish
Children Mark Bish
Parents William Edwin McClanahan, Dreda Rheua-Nell McClanahan
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, TV Land Pop Culture Award, TV Land Quintessential Non-Traditional Family Award, Obie Award for Performance
Movies Starship Troopers, The Fighting Temptations, Out to Sea, Walk the Angry Beach, Baby of the Bride, They Might Be Giants, Annabelle's Wish, Some of My Best Friends Are..., Nunsense 2: The Sequel, Children of the Bride, Mother of the Bride, Dear God, The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story, The Man in the Brown Suit, Miracle Dogs, A Saintly Switch, A Holiday to Remember, Innocent Victims, Nunsense 3: The Jamboree, A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story, Five Minutes to Love, Rusty: A Dog's Tale, Word of Honor, Nuncrackers, The Moving of Sophia Myles, The Day the Bubble Burst, Rainbow, Film Crew: Hollywood After Dark, This World, Then the Fireworks, The Little Match Girl, Back to You and Me, After the Shock, The Pursuit of Happiness, Modern Love, Generation Gap, Liberace, Message From Nam, Nunsense, Hogan's Goat, The Rimers of Eldritch, Angels Flight, Take My Daughters Please, Having Babies III, Topper, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes, Rusty: The Great Rescue, To My Daughter
TV Shows The Golden Girls, Maude, Mama's Family, The Golden Palace, Sordid Lives: The Series, Another World, Apple Pie, Safe Harbor, Grandpa Goes to Washington, Where the Heart Is, The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments, Hurricane Saturday, The Lot, Full Moon Over Miami
Star Sign Pisces
She was inducted into the 2015 inaugural Closter Hall of Fame in Closter, New Jersey.
Spoke at a press conference at Saratoga Springs, New York protesting the use of diving horses at Magic Forest Theme Park, Lake George, New York. [May 2003]
Portraying Madame Morrible in Broadway's Wicked. [June 2005]
Was a supporter, donor, and advocate for Methodist Healthcare and its 15 care services. She even gave a speech about her battle with cancer at the Travis Park United Methodist Church on May 11, 2000 East Travis, Texas.
She kept every outfit she wore while on The Golden Girls (1985) and used a majority of them for her everyday wear away from the show.
She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. In 2003 she wrote a letter to presidential nominee John Kerry telling him that he lost both her vote and respect due to pheasant hunting. She endorsed Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election.
Upon her death, she was cremated.
Was estranged (in 2009) from her sixth husband, Morrow Wilson at the time of her death.
After moving to New York City, she worked as a file clerk before finding success in the theater.
Suffered a minor stroke while recovering from heart bypass surgery, which she had in November 2009 [January 14, 2010].
She was an Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Was a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.
Betty White was originally considered for the role of the sexpot, Blanche, on The Golden Girls (1985). However, Betty had already been the aggressive Sue Ann Nivens on Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and Rue had played the introverted Vivian on Maude (1972). 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.
When it came to stage performances she had "jitters" for opening nights, about rehearsals and worrying about not having enough time to prepare perfectly.
After her second marriage broke up, she went to New York, and started doing films. She thought her They Might Be Giants (1971) part was her best movie part.
One of Rue's maternal great-great-great-great-grandmothers, SheNiYah, was a Choctaw Native American. Rue also had English, and small amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Welsh, German, French-Canadian, Dutch, and remote Portuguese, ancestry.
[on her religion when asked about it] Yes, I am a Methodist. I have been affiliated with the Methodist church since I was a child and I must say that I simply love it! There are three things in this world that I love; animals, my Golden Girls and being a Methodist. I can't fathom being a member in any other religion than the Methodist church. It is so relaxed and welcoming and you can just be yourself while worshiping with no strings attached. I am very proud to be a member in the Methodist church!
People always ask me if I'm like Blanche. And I say, "Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern belle from Atlanta -- and I'm not from Atlanta!"
Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.
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