Rue McClanahan is a popular American actress, best-known for her role as Blanche Devereaux in ‘The Golden Girls’. She was born as Eddi-Rue McClanahan on 21st February 1934 at Healdton, Oklahoma. Her parents were Dreda Rheua-Nell and Bill McClanahan. She did her schooling at Ardmore High School. She did her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. Her theatre debut was in 1957 with ‘Inherit the Wind’ at Erie Playhouse, Pennsylvania. She did her debut on Broadway with the musical ‘Jimmy Shine’ in the role of Sally Weber. Her first notable character was of Caroline Johnson in ‘Another World’. After that, she played Margaret Jardin in the show ‘Where the Heart Is’. McClanahan appeared on the primetime show ‘Maude’(1972-1978) playing Maude’s best friend Vivian Harmon. She played a journalist at a local newspaper and spinster sister to Mama on the show ‘Mama’s Family’. Her character of Blanche Devereaux in ‘The Golden Girls’ is a man-crazy enchantress from Atlanta, and owns a house and rents it to her three best friends. She won ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’ at Emmy Awards, and ‘Female Star of the Year’ at Golden Apple Awards. She debuted into feature films with ‘The Rotten Apple’ in 1961. She did other films such as ‘Walk the Angry Beach’, ‘Some of My Best Friends Are..’.
She played the role of Matilda Joslyn Gage in the TV movie ‘The Dreamer of Oz’ in 1990. She gave her voice to Scarlet in a Christmas special cartoon ‘
’s Wish’. She played Anastasia Hardy in the episode ‘Doctor Octopus: Armed and Dangerous’ in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Her other movies include ‘Hollywood After Dark’ (1968), The Skin of Our Teeth (1987), The Earth Day Special (1990), Children of the Bride (1990), Mother of the Bride (1993), A Holiday To Remember (1995), Baby of the Bride (2006) and Generation Gap (2008). McClanahan had six marriages, out of which five ended in divorce and the sixth one with Morrow Wilson ended in estrangement at the time of her death. She mentioned about those in her autobiography ‘My First Five Husbands.. And the Ones Who Got Away’. She has a son, Mark Bish from her first marriage. She was an animal welfare activist. She was one of the first celebrities to support and to serve as the Honorary Director of the ‘People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA). She also supported gay rights and same-sex marriage. She supported Barack Obama during 2008 elections. She was successfully treated for breast cancer in 1997. She had to undergo triple bypass surgery in November 2009. She died of the brain haemorrhage on 3rd June 2010.