Rue McClanahan, another one of the “Golden Girls” has passed away at the age of 76 from a massive stroke. She was best know to all for playing Blanche Devereaux on the 80′s sitcom, The Golden Girls. Rue McClanahan had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year after recovering from bypass surgery. She passed away with her family at her side … rest in peace Blanche Devereaux.
Born in Healdton, Okla., Rue lived in six towns by the time she was 8. Her father was a road builder who moved from one project to another. She found solace in acting (“the only thing I ever wanted to do”) and after four years at the University of Tulsa moved to New York, where she worked as a part-time file clerk while trying to find jobs in the theater.
Her first job was off Broadway, in 1957, and she finally hit Broadway in 1969. TV work came from soap operas, until she made it on CBS’s Maude, starring Beatrice Arthur, starting in 1972. She played Maude’s best friend Vivian.
But it was Golden Girls that put her on the map and led to fame, fortune – and several husbands. In all, she had six, including actor Morrow Wilson, whom she wed in 1997 and who survives her, as does a son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.
Sadly we have lost Golden Girl’s Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty
Rest in Peace and God bless.