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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.

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Feb 21, 1934
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Five Minutes to Live 1961-12-07
Latest Project:
Movie Generation Gap 2008-11-01
Known For
Poster of Stage on Screen: The Women
Poster of Modern Love
Poster of Mama's Family
Poster of Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force
Movie Generation Gap Kay 2008-11-01
Series Sordid Lives: The Series Peggy Ingram 2008-07-23
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Series Wonderfalls Unknown 2004-03-12
Series Hope & Faith Unknown 2003-09-26
Movie The Fighting Temptations Nancy Stringer 2003-09-17
Series Whoopi Unknown 2003-09-09
Movie Miracle Dogs Katherine Mannion 2003-07-20
Movie The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series 2003-01-01
Movie Stage on Screen: The Women Countess de Lage 2002-06-18
Movie Nuncrackers Reverend Mother 2001-12-01
Series Safe Harbor Grandma Loring 1999-09-20
Series The Lot 1999-08-19
Movie Rusty: A Dog's Tale Edna Callahan 1998-09-22
Series The Love Boat: The Next Wave Unknown 1998-04-13
Movie Nunsense 3: The Jamboree Mother Superior 1998-01-01
Movie This World, Then the Fireworks Mom Lakewood 1997-07-11
Series King of the Hill Unknown 1997-01-12
Movie Out to Sea Mrs. Ellen Carruthers 1997-07-02
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Annabelle's Wish Scarlett (voice) 1997-10-21
Movie Starship Troopers Biology Teacher 1997-11-07
Movie Dear God Mom Turner 1996-11-01
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Movie A Holiday to Remember Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt 1995-12-12
Series Spider-Man Unknown 1994-11-19
Series Touched by an Angel Lila Winslow 1994-09-21
Movie Nunsense 2: The Sequel Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina 1994-01-01
Movie Nunsense Rev. Mother Mary Regina 1993-01-01
Movie Mother of the Bride Margaret Becker Hix 1993-02-27
Series The John Larroquette Show Unknown 1993-09-02
Series Boy Meets World Unknown 1993-09-24
Movie Message from Nam Beatrice Andrews 1993-10-17
Series The Golden Palace Blanche Devereaux 1992-09-18
Series Nurses Unknown 1991-09-14
Movie The Dreamer of Oz Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage 1990-12-10
Movie Children of the Bride Margret Becker 1990-10-05
Series Law & Order Unknown 1990-09-13
Movie After the Shock Sherra Cox 1990-09-12
Movie Modern Love Mrs. Evelyn Parker 1990-04-20
Movie Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide Herself 1990-01-01
Movie The Man in the Brown Suit Suzy Blair 1989-01-04
Movie Mickey's 60th Birthday Herself 1988-11-13
Series Empty Nest Unknown 1988-10-08
Movie Liberace Frances Liberace 1988-10-02
Series The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux 1985-09-14
Series Crazy like a Fox Unknown 1984-12-30
Series Charles in Charge Unknown 1984-10-03
Series Cover Up Unknown 1984-09-22
Series Mama's Family Frances Marie Crowley 1983-01-22
Series American Playhouse Unknown 1982-01-12
Series Newhart Unknown 1982-10-02
Series Darkroom Unknown 1981-11-27
Series Gimme a Break! Unknown 1981-10-29
Movie Word of Honor Maggie McNeill 1981-01-06
Series Here's Boomer Unknown 1980-03-14
Movie Topper Clara Topper 1979-11-09
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Series Sweepstakes Unknown 1979-01-26
Movie A Different Approach 1978-01-01
Movie Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force Mat's Mother 1978-08-21
Series Grandpa Goes to Washington Unknown 1978-09-07
Series Apple Pie Ginger-Nell Hollyhock 1978-09-23
Series Apple Pie 1978-09-23
Movie Rainbow Ida Koverman 1978-11-06
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Series Maude Vivian Harmon 1972-09-12
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie They Might Be Giants Daisy Playfair 1971-06-09
Series Columbo Verity Chandler 1971-09-15
Movie Hogan's Goat Josey Finn 1971-10-18
Movie Some of My Best Friends Are Lita Joyce 1971-10-27
Movie The People Next Door Della 1970-08-26
Series Where the Heart Is Margaret Jardin #2 1969-09-08
Movie Hollywood After Dark Sandy 1968-01-01
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie Angel's Flight Dolly (as Rhue McClanahan) 1965-01-01
Movie How to Succeed with Girls Lorena (as Patty Leigh) 1964-07-30
Series Another World Caroline Johnson 1964-05-04
Movie Five Minutes to Love Sally 'Poochie' 1963-01-01
Movie Five Minutes to Live Pamela 1961-12-07