Rue McClanahan

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Real name is Eddi-Rue McClanahan
Also known as Ruesy
Was born at 21 February 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma, USA . Died at 3 June 2010, New York, New York, USA (stroke)

A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from thestage by 'Norman Lear' for roles on "All in the Family" (1971) and later "Maude" (1972) . Fortwo years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on "Mama's Family" (1983) until her character was killed off andshe joined the cast of Golden Girls. She hit her comedic stride as asharp tongued oversexed Southern belle on "The Golden Girls" (1985) . A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, RueMcClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, to DredaRheua-Nell (Medaris), a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, abuilding contractor.

She was noticed by television executive'Norman Lear' . Lear cast her in a number of television shows,including "All in the Family" (1971) with'Carroll O'Connor' and "Maude" (1972) with'Bea Arthur (I)' . McClanahan next co-starred with'Vicki Lawrence' , 'Ken Berry (I)' , 'Betty White (I)' and'Carol Burnett' in "Mama's Family" (1983) for three years,and, after it was canceled by NBC, McClanahan was probably best knownfor her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, "Blanche Devereaux",in "The Golden Girls" (1985) . She once again worked with BeaArthur and Betty White, and with relative newcomer'Estelle Getty' . All four of the women won Emmy Awards for theirroles.

After Bea Arthur left the show after seven seasons, McClanahan,White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in "The Golden Palace" (1992) . In the mid-nineties, McClanahan wasdiagnosed with cancer, but was able to fight it successfully. Inaddition to lending her talents to a number of made for TV films,McClanahan has also appeared on the big screen in recent yearsco-starring with 'Jack Lemmon' and 'Walter Matthau' in thecomedy Out to Sea (1997) and with 'Casper Van Dien' in Starship Troopers (1997) . McClanahan also spends her timejoining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and crueltyagainst animals. .

There is some small facts about Rue McClanahan:
  • Mother of 'Mark Bish' .
  • Aunt of actress 'Amelia Kinkade' .
  • In 1997, Rue was diagnosed with cancer. She had a lumpectomy and five months of chemotherapy. She did lectures entitled "Aging Gracefully" for breast-cancer support groups.
  • 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.
  • Became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Tulsa.
  • Played the same character, Blanche Devereaux, on four different TV series: "The Golden Palace" (1992) , "The Golden Girls" (1985) , "Nurses" (1991) , and "Empty Nest" (1988) .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When it came to stage performances she had "jitters" for opening nights, about rehearsals and worrying about not having enough time to prepare perfectly.
  • 'Betty White (I)' 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.
  • Was a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.
  • She was an Honorary Director for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
  • Suffered a minor stroke while recovering from heart bypass surgery, which she had in November 2009 [January 14, 2010].
  • After moving to New York City, she worked as a file clerk before finding success in the theater.
  • Was estranged (in 2009) from her sixth husband, 'Morrow Wilson' at the time of her death.
  • Upon her death, she was cremated.
  • She was a lifelong liberal Democrat. In 2003 she wrote a letter to presidential nominee 'John Kerry (III)' telling him that he lost both her vote and respect due to pheasant hunting. She endorsed 'Barack Obama' in the 2008 Presidential election.
  • She modeled her accent for Blanche Deveraux after 'Rosalynn Carter' .
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Was good friends with actress/Comedian 'Vicki Lawrence' , whom she met on the TV show "Mama's Family" (1983) .
  • (June 2005) Portraying Madame Morrible in Broadway's Wicked.
  • (May 2003) 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.
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There is the list of movies, where Rue McClanahan was taked part:
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1 50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime movie 50 Most Wicked Women of Primetime 2004 as Blanche Devereaux (The Golden Girls)
2 Betty Whites 90th Birthday: A Tribute to Americas Golden Girl movie Betty Whites 90th Birthday: A Tribute to Americas Golden Girl 2012 as Herself
3 Bob Hope: The First 90 Years movie Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 as Herself
4 Children of the Bride movie Children of the Bride 1990 as Margret Becker
5 Circus of the Stars movie Circus of the Stars 1977 as Herself - Performer
6 Diva Dog: Pit Bull on Wheels movie Diva Dog: Pit Bull on Wheels 2005 as Guest Star
7 Five Minutes to Love movie Five Minutes to Love 1963 as Sally 'Poochie'
8 Fourth Annual Genesis Awards movie Fourth Annual Genesis Awards 1990 as Herself
9 Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink movie Inside TV Land: Tickled Pink 2005 as Herself
10 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade movie Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 as Herself
11 Mother of the Bride movie Mother of the Bride 1993 as Margaret Becker Hix
12 NBC 75th Anniversary Special movie NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 as Herself
13 Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force movie Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1978 as Mat's Mother
14 Some of My Best Friends Are movie Some of My Best Friends Are 1971 as Lita Joyce
15 Take My Daughters, Please movie Take My Daughters, Please 1988 as Lilah Page
16 The 17th Annual Peoples Choice Awards movie The 17th Annual Peoples Choice Awards 1991 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Comedy Series
17 The 18th Annual Peoples Choice Awards movie The 18th Annual Peoples Choice Awards 1992 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Comedy Program
18 The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1981 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
19 The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1986 as Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
20 The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1988 as Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
21 The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 41st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1989 as Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
22 The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990 as Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
23 The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 as Herself - Presenter
24 The Day the Bubble Burst movie The Day the Bubble Burst 1982 as Barbara Arvey
25 The Earth Day Special movie The Earth Day Special 1990 as Blanche Devereaux
26 The Fighting Temptations movie The Fighting Temptations 2003 as Nancy Stringer
27 The Little Match Girl movie The Little Match Girl 1987 as Frances Dutton
28 The Man in the Brown Suit movie The Man in the Brown Suit 1989 as Suzy Blair
29 The Pursuit of Happiness movie The Pursuit of Happiness 1971 as Mrs. O'Mara
30 The Ultimate Driving Challenge movie The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1993 as Herself
31 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts movie American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts 1989 as Miss Moray
32 Intimate Portrait movie Intimate Portrait 1993 as Herself - Interviewee
33 La imagen de tu vida movie La imagen de tu vida 2006 as Blanche Devereaux
34 Love Boat: The Next Wave movie Love Boat: The Next Wave 1998 as Abigail Jordan
35 Memòries de la tele movie Memòries de la tele 2007 as Blanche Devereaux
36 Sordid Lives: The Series movie Sordid Lives: The Series 2008 as Peggy Ingram
37 The Merv Griffin Show movie The Merv Griffin Show 1962 as Herself - Actress
38 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Herself - Actress
39 1996 MTV Movie Awards movie 1996 MTV Movie Awards 1996 as Herself
40 50 Years of Funny Females movie 50 Years of Funny Females 1995 as Herself
There is the list of some articles of Rue McClanahan:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 21 June 2010, Vol. 58, Iss. 26, pg. 9, by: William Keck, "Rue McClanahan 1934-2010"
  • "The Independent: Viewspaper" (UK), 8 June 2010, Iss. 7380, pg. 9, by: Anthony Hayward, "Obituaries: Rue McClanahan: Man-mad Blanche Devereaux in 'The Golden Girls'"
  • "The Guardian" (UK), 5 June 2010, pg. Main - 47, by: Michael Carlson, "Rue McClanahan obituary"
  • "The Washington Post" (USA), 4 June 2010, Vol. 133, Iss. 181, pg. B7, by: Emma Brown, "Rue McLanahan, 76[, dies]: Bawdy Southern belle of TV's 'Golden Girls'"
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 22 December 2001, Vol. 49, Iss. 51, pg. 41-44, by: Diane Clenahan, "Rue Confessions"
  • "Ecco" (USA), 1993, Iss. 19, pg. 18-19, by: Erich Mees, "Rue, The Days When..."
There is the list of some printed articles of Eddi-Rue McClanahan:
  • "The Honolulu Advertiser" (USA), 4 June 2010, pg. A 4
  • "Der Spiegel" (Germany), June 2010, pg. 142, "Register"
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1995, Vol. 8, Iss. 9, pg. 18-19, by: staff, "Golden Girls' Beau Plots Murder"
There is the list of some quotes of Rue McClanahan:
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • [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!
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