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American actor best known as the man-hungry Blanche in The Golden Girls
As the insecure, man-hungry widow Blanche Devereaux, the actor Rue McClanahan, who has died aged 76, was the linchpin of the humour in the hugely successful Us television sitcom The Golden Girls, the tale of four women living together in Miami, Florida. Blanche, a southern belle, was the foil for the New York acerbity of her Italian-American friend Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and Dorothy's mother Sophia (Estelle Getty), but also played brilliantly against the middle American naivety of Betty White's Rose. When Rose wondered whether it was possible to love two men at one time, Blanche's reply was: "Set the scene. Have we been drinking?"
The Golden Girls debuted in 1985 and went straight to the top of the ratings. It ran until 1992 and resulted in three spin-offs along with a deservedly short-lived British version, Brighton Belles (1993). It was »
- Michael Carlson
Chicago – Rue McClanahan, the vivacious Southern Belle from “The Golden Girls,” died this morning at age 76. Her death comes just days after the passing of two other prominent figures in show business, Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper. Earlier this year, McClanahan had suffered a minor stroke after recovering from bypass surgery, and it was a massive stroke on the morning of Thursday, June 3rd, that proved to be fatal. She was reportedly surrounded by her family when she passed at 1 a.m.
Born in Healdton, Okla., McClanahan attended the University of Tulsa before moving to New York City, where she eventually landed roles in the theatre. It was there that producer Norman Lear discovered her, and decided to cast her in an episode of “All in the Family.” She then landed a recurring role on the show’s popular spinoff series, “Maude,” opposite Bea Arthur. Her next major »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
And then there was one. Rue McClanahan, best known as "Blanche" on the eternal sitcom The Golden Girls has passed away at 76 after years of health problems. That leaves only the increasingly popular Betty White as the last Golden Girl standing, there to receive all the love we have left for these awesome women.
Rose (White) was my favorite but Blanche (McClanahan) the runner up in the laugh-generation department for me (I've always loved the saucy dames). I was just thinking about The Golden Girls yesterday because my mind was drifting to the upcoming Emmy nominations. The Emmys are often quite terrible about divvying up the goods, giving way too many prizes to the same shows and performers over the years. But in the case of The Golden Girls, the Emmy voters seem to have a very welcome and secret conspiracy to spread the wealth; All four of the women »
- NATHANIEL R
3 items from 2010
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