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Rue McClanahan

1934-02-21 Healdton, Oklahoma, USA

Image of Rue McClanahan


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.


Gaze Herself (archive footage) 2010-07-13
Generation Gap Kay 2008-11-01
Back to You & Me Helen Ludwick 2005-07-23
The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer 2003-09-17
The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series 2003-01-01
Miracle Dogs Katherine Mannion 2003-07-20
Stage on Screen: The Women Countess de Lage 2002-06-18
Nuncrackers Reverend Mother 2001-12-01
Border to Border Mrs. Kirby 1998-05-01
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan 1998-09-22
Nunsense 3: The Jamboree Mother Superior 1998-01-01
Annabelle's Wish Scarlett (voice) 1997-10-21
Out to Sea Mrs. Ellen Carruthers 1997-07-02
This World, Then the Fireworks Mom Lakewood 1997-07-11
Starship Troopers Biology Teacher 1997-11-07
Dear God Mom Turner 1996-11-01
A Holiday to Remember Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt 1995-12-12
Nunsense 2: The Sequel Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina 1994-01-01
Message from Nam Beatrice Andrews 1993-10-17
Nunsense Rev. Mother Mary Regina 1993-01-01
Mother of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1993-02-27
Baby of the Bride Margret Becker-Hix 1991-12-22
The Dreamer of Oz Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage 1990-12-10
Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide Herself 1990-01-01
Children of the Bride Margret Becker 1990-10-05
Modern Love Mrs. Evelyn Parker 1990-04-20
To Μy Daughter Laura Carlson 1990-11-26
After the Shock Sherra Cox 1990-09-12
El hombre del traje marrón (Agatha Christie) Suzy Blair 1989-01-04
The Wickedest Witch Avarissa 1989-10-29
Mickey's 60th Birthday Herself 1988-11-13
Liberace Frances Liberace 1988-10-02
Take My Daughters, Please 1988-01-01
The Little Match Girl Frances Dutton 1987-12-21
Picnic Flo Owens 1986-11-10
The Day the Bubble Burst Barbara Arvey 1982-02-07
Word of Honor Maggie McNeill 1981-01-06
Topper Clara Topper 1979-11-09
A Different Approach 1978-01-01
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Mat's Mother 1978-08-21
Rainbow Ida Koverman 1978-11-06
Having Babies III Gloria Miles 1978-03-03
Blade Gail 1973-12-01
They Might Be Giants Daisy Playfair 1971-06-09
Some of My Best Friends Are Lita Joyce 1971-10-27
Hogan's Goat Josey Finn 1971-10-18
The People Next Door Della 1970-08-26
Angel's Flight Dolly 1965-01-01
How to Succeed with Girls Lorena 1964-07-30
Five Minutes to Love Sally 'Poochie' 1963-01-01
Five Minutes to Live Pamela 1961-12-07
Hollywood After Dark Sandy 1961-01-01
The Grass Eater 1961-08-24
The Rimers of Eldritch