Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

  • Born on
    • February 21st, 1934
  • Died on
    • June 3rd, 2010
A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was an actress noticed by television executive, Norman Lear. Lear cast her in a number of television shows, including "All in the Family" (1971) with 'Carroll OConnor' and "Maude" (1972) with Bea Arthur. McClanahan next co-starred with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Betty White and Carol Burnett in "Mama's Family" (1983) for three years, and after it was canceled by NBC, McClanahan was probably best known for her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, Blanche, in "The Golden Girls" (1985). She once again worked with Bea Arthur and Betty White, and with relative newcomer Estelle Getty. All four of the women won Emmy Awards for their roles. After Bea Arthur left the show after eight seasons, McClanahan, White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in "The Golden Palace" (1992). In the mid-nineties, McClanahan was diagnosed with cancer, but was able to fight it successfully. In addition to lending her talents to a number of made for TV films, McClanahan has also appeared on the big screen in recent years co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the comedy Out to Sea (1997) and with Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers (1997). McClanahan also spends her time joining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and cruelty against animals.

Starring Rue McClanahan on Plex


Acting (18 Credits)

2008Sordid Lives: The Series as Peggy Ingram
2005Back to You and Me as Helen Ludwick
2003The Fighting Temptations as Nancy Stringer
1997Starship Troopers as Biology Teacher
1997Out to Sea as Mrs. Ellen Carruthers
1997Annabelle's Wish as Scarlett (voice)
1997This World, Then the Fireworks as Mom Lakewood
1996Dear God as Mom Turner
1995A Holiday to Remember as Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt
1992The Golden Palace as Blanche Devereaux
1990The Dreamer of Oz as Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
1989The Man in the Brown Suit as Suzy Blair
1985The Golden Girls as Blanche Devereaux
1972Maude as Vivian Harmon
1971They Might Be Giants as Daisy Playfair
1964Another World as Caroline Johnson
1961Walk the Angry Beach as Sandy
1961Five Minutes to Live as Pamela

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