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McClanahan Rue biography

Date of birth : 1934-02-21
Date of death : 2010-06-03
Birthplace : Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-06-07
Credited as : Actress, The Golden Girls,

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Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010) was an American actress, known for her roles on television as Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude, Fran Crowley on Mama's Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, a role that won her the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1987. to parents William Edwin and Dreda Rheua-Nell McClanahan.

After graduating from the University of Tulsa in 1956, McClanahan started work as a professional actress, getting her start in small stage productions. She made her stage debut in a 1957 production of Inherit the Wind, at Pennsylvania's Erie Playhouse. She would move gradually closer and closer to Broadway, and in 1969, she made her Broadway debut across from Dustin Hoffman in the musical, Jimmy Shine.

Rue made the transition to television in the 1970s. Catching the attention of producer Norman Lear, McClanahan was chosen for a guest spot on the popular sitcom, All in the Family. Impressed by her performance, McClanahan was then cast as the comic foil to actress Bea Arthur in the All in the Family spin-off, Maude.

But McClanahan would become best-known for her work on the 1985 hit sitcom The Golden Girls, in which she played the aging, self-absorbed bombshell Blanche Devereaux. Her performance snagged her three Golden Globe nominations, three Emmy nominations, and an Emmy win in 1987.

After The Golden Girls ended in 1992, McClanahan starred briefly in a spin-off of the show, called Golden Palace. The show only lasted one season before its cancelation in 1993. Over then next decade, McClanahan then made a series of special appearances on TV sitcoms and dramas, including Boy Meets World and Law & Order.

In 1997, McClanahan began battling health problems and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought the disease for several years before entering full remission. In 2009, however, she suffered complications from a heart problem and underwent a triple bypass. Shortly after the surgery, in January 2010, McClanahan suffered a stroke.

McClanahan was married six times over the course of her life, and her romances were recounted in great detail in her 2007 autobiography My First Five Husbands... And the Ones Who Got Away. She is survived by her sixth husband, Morrow Wilson, and by son Mark Bish, her child from her first marriage to Tom Lloyd Bish.

Actress Rue McClanahan, best known for her role as Blanche on the sitcom The Golden Girls, died on June 3th 2010 after suffering a massive stroke. She was 76 years old.

McClanahan, survived a bout with breast cancer in 1997. In 2009, after suffering a stroke, she underwent triple bypass heart surgery. According to her manager Barbara Lawrence, McClanahan suffered a brain hemorrhage on Thursday morning. She was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Hospital later that day.

McClanahan is survived by sixth husband Morrow Wilson; her son from her first marriage, Mark Bish; and her sister, Melinda McClanahan.

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