76 (passed away Jun. 3rd, 2010)
Feb. 21st, 1934
Healdton, Oklahoma, USA.
Rue McClanahan's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2003 - The Fighting Temptations
1997 - Out to Sea
1997 - Starship Troopers
1996 - Dear God
1971 - They Might Be Giants
1965 - Angel's Flight
1961 - Five Minutes to Live
Guest TV Roles
Vivian Cavender Harmon
A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on "All in the Family" (1971) and later "Maude" (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on "Mama's Family" (1983) until it was canceled by NBC. She hit her comedic stride as a sharp tongued oversexed Southern belle on "The Golden Girls" (1985).
- Still has "jitters" for opening nights, about rehearsals and worrying about not having enough time to prepare perfectly.
- Became a sister of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Tulsa.
- 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.
- Aunt of actress 'Amelia Kinkade' (qv).
- Played the same character, Blanche Devereaux, on four different TV series: _"The Golden Palace" (1992)_ (qv), _"The Golden Girls" (1985)_ (qv), _"Nurses" (1991)_ (qv), and _"Empty Nest" (1988)_ (qv).
- Is a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.
- In 1997, Rue was diagnosed with cancer. She had a lumpectomy and five months of chemotherapy. She now does a lecture entitled "Aging Gracefully" for breast-cancer support groups.
- After her second marriage broke up, she went to New York, and started doing films. She thinks her "They Might Be Giants" part her best movie part.