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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.


Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls Blanche 2022-06-07
Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux 2021-09-14
The Golden Girls: Ageless Self (archive footage) 2021-03-13
Betty White: First Lady of Television Self (archive Footage) 2018-08-18
Gaze Self (archive footage) 2010-07-13
Generation Gap Kay 2008-11-01
Back to You & Me Helen Ludwick 2005-07-23
The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series 2003-01-01
Miracle Dogs Katherine Mannion 2003-07-20
The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer 2003-09-17
The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments Blanche Devereaux 2003-06-02
The Women Countess DeLage 2002-06-18
Nuncrackers Reverend Mother 2001-12-01
The Moving of Sophia Myles Mary-Margaret 2000-11-26
Border to Border Mrs. Kirby 1998-05-01
Nunsense 3: The Jamboree Mother Superior 1998-01-01
Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan 1998-09-22
Ashes to Ashes Verity Chandler 1998-10-08
Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula Self 1997-06-15
Annabelle's Wish Scarlett (voice) 1997-10-21
Out to Sea Mrs. Ellen Carruthers 1997-07-02
Starship Troopers Biology Teacher 1997-11-07
This World, Then the Fireworks Mom Lakewood 1997-07-11
Dear God Mom Turner 1996-11-01
A Holiday to Remember Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt 1995-12-12
A Burning Passion: The Margaret Mitchell Story Grandma Stephens 1994-03-28
Nunsense 2: The Sequel Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina 1994-01-01
Nunsense Rev. Mother Mary Regina 1993-07-01
Message from Nam Beatrice Andrews 1993-10-17
Mother of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1993-02-27
Baby of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1991-12-22
After the Shock Sherra Cox 1990-09-12
Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide Herself 1990-01-01
To My Daughter Laura Carlson 1990-11-26
Children of the Bride Margaret Becker 1990-10-05
The Dreamer of Oz Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage 1990-12-10
Modern Love Mrs. Evelyn Parker 1990-04-20
Night of 100 Stars III Self 1990-05-21
The Earth Day Special Blanche Devereaux 1990-04-22
The Wickedest Witch Avarissa 1989-10-29
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1989-10-29
The Man in the Brown Suit Suzy Blair 1989-01-04
Liberace Frances Liberace 1988-10-02
Take My Daughters, Please Lilah Page 1988-11-21
Mickey's 60th Birthday Self 1988-11-13
The Little Match Girl Frances Dutton 1987-12-21
Picnic Flo Owens 1986-11-10
The Skin of Our Teeth Fortune Teller 1983-01-18
The Day the Bubble Burst Barbara Arvey 1982-02-07
Word of Honor Maggie McNeill 1981-01-06
Gridlock Adele Sherman 1980-10-02
Topper Clara Topper 1979-11-09
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Mat's Mother 1978-08-21
Having Babies III Gloria Miles 1978-03-03
Rainbow Ida Koverman 1978-11-06
A Different Approach 1978-01-01
Blade Gail 1973-12-01
The Rimers of Eldritch Cora Groves 1972-11-04
Hogan's Goat Josey Finn 1971-10-18
They Might Be Giants Daisy Playfair 1971-06-09
Some of My Best Friends Are... Lita Joyce 1971-10-27
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
The Grass Eater 1961-08-24
Hollywood After Dark Sandy 1961-01-01
Just Between Us 1961-07-26
Five Minutes to Live Pamela 1961-12-07