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June 3, 2010 | 12:49 pm
Rue McClanahan, who died Thursday, won the Emmy Award in 1987 for starring as the vivacious Blanche Deveraux on the classic sitcom “The Golden Girls.” As the man-eating Southern vixen, McClanahan found the leading role of a lifetime after decades as a supporting player.As McClanahan discusses in the TV academy archive interview below, she was approached to play the naive Rose, but she and Betty White swapped parts before the first table read. McClanahan was instrumental in convincing her pal Bea Arthur to play the tart-tongued Dorothy while stage vet Estelle Getty was cast as Dorothy’s diminutive but domineering mother, Sophia.

The Golden Girls” was an instant hit when it debuted on NBC in fall 1985 and won best comedy series at the Emmy Awards in 1986. That night nominees Arthur and McClanahan watched as White won the lead actress Emmy. McClanahan would be the victorious one among the three the following year with Arthur finally winning the race in 1988.

As Getty also prevailed in the supporting race in 1988, “The Golden Girls” became only the second TV show — after “All in the Family” — to have an entirely Emmy-winning cast. (“Will & Grace” would become the third such show when Debra Messing finally won her Emmy in 2003.)

The three leading golden girls were all nominated again in 1990 but lost to Candice Bergen, who picked up the first of her record five Emmys for “Murphy Brown.” Only White would continue to contend for the last three years of “The Golden Girls.” The show, which had repeated in the top race in 1988, lost its following four bids for best comedy series.

McClanahan first came to fame in the 1970s as the dim-witted Vivian on “Maude” opposite Arthur in the title role. After Arthur ended that show in 1978, McClanahan starred that fall in “Apple Pie” — another creation by her good pal Norman Lear — which was canceled by ABC after only two airings. She had a recurring role on “Mama’s Family” for several years before “The Golden Girls” came along.

After the end of that series after seven years when Arthur again bowed out, the remaining trio starred in “The Golden Palace,” but the magic was gone and the show was axed after one season in 1993. Since then, McClanahan guested on various TV shows and returned to her stage roots, earning acclaim for appearances in a revival of “The Women” and in the long-running hit tuner “Wicked.”



Emmy-winning “Golden Girls” actress Rue McClanahan died of a stroke in a New York hospital early Thursday, her manager said. She was 76.McClanahan, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage last Monday, was surrounded by family surrounded when she died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to manager Barbara Lawrence.

The actress’ career began on the New York stage in the 1950s, but her long television career was first boosted when producer Norman Lear cast McClanahan in his hit CBS series “All in the Family” in 1971. She appeared in Lear’s “Maude” a year later.

Her most memorable TV role was as Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985 through 1992.  McClanahan won an Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy in 1987. 

Betty White is the last surviving member of the four “Golden Girls” stars.

“Rue was a close and dear friend,” White said Thursday. “I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s possible.”

Estelle Getty passed away in 2008, and Bea Arthur died last year.

McClanahan requested that no funeral be held for her, but memorial services will be announced for later this summer in New York and Los Angeles, California, Lawrence said.

Fans can pay their respects online, a family statement said.

“Please join us in celebrating Rue’s amazing life” by visiting a memorial page established for her on Facebook, the family said.

McClanahan’s last comedic TV role was in an episode of Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” taped in 2009.

She carried the Devereaux character to three other TV series, including “The Golden Palace,” “Empty Nest” and “Nurses.”

She was married six times and had one child. Her son, Mark Bish, was born in 1958 during a brief first marriage.

Her present marriage to Morrow Wilson, starting in 1997, was her longest. Her book “My First Five Husbands … And the Ones Who Got Away” was published in 2007.

McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma, on February 21, 1934, to parents with Scottish and native American heritage.



Rue McClanahan was born on February 21st, 1934


February 21st

2 + 21 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = her personal year (from February 21st, 2010 to February 21st, 2011) = Communication.  Enthusiasm.  Charisma.  Personality.  Popularity.  Celebrity.  Appearance.  Image.  Good looks.  Attractive.  Beauty.  Model.  Glamour.  Glowing.  Leonine.  Camera.  Photos.  Photogenic.  Photography.  Cheerleader.  Pep rally.  Speech.  Speak.  Talk.  Verbalize.  Articulate.  Orator.  Public speaking.  Conversation.  Message.  Information.  News.  Reports.  Headlines.  Broadcasting.  The media.  The press.  Newspaper.  Reporter.  Radio.  Telephone.  Phone call.  Fax.  Mail.  A letter.  A post.  E-mail.  Telegraph.  Announcements.  Posters.  Placard.  Publicity.  Publicist.  Spokesperson.  Beauticians.  Hair stylists.  Haircut.  Cosmetics.  Adoring fan(s).  Autograph.  Signature.  Personalize.  Style.  Audience.  Applaud.  Applause.  Cheer.  Let’s talk.  Call me.  Pep talk.  Looking good.  Beauty draws more than oxen.  A bird with a beautiful plumage doesn’t sit in the corner.  Look at me.  The face came before the photograph.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Good call.  Good news.  Good press.  Those who bring good news knock hard.  No news is good news.  News reports.  In the news. 


26 year+ 5 (May) = 31 = her personal month (from May 21st, 2010 to June 21st, 2010)

31 month + 31 (31st of the month on Memorial Day Monday May 31st, 2010 (the day of her stroke)) = 62 = her personal day = Restrictions.  Limitations.  Obstructions.  Impediments.  Frustrations.  Interference.  Hampering.  Impediment. 


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