A Lady Knows When To Leave…

I don’t know how much more I can take…we’ve lost many actors in the past few days, including Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper…however, getting word of Rue McClanahan’s passing is devastating…McClanahan had survived breast cancer and she most recently was recovering from triple bypass surgery and a mini-stroke she suffered in January…this morning, she suffered a massive stroke and passed on…
Well all know her well as Blanche Devereaux, the man-crazy Golden Girl, but McClanahan had a very versatile acting resume…hailing from Oklahoma, Rue began acting Off-Broadway in 1957, she made to Broadway in 1969, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman in the musical Jimmy Shine…she then transitioned to soaps, as many starting out actors do, with a short stint on Another World…primetime audiences got their first taste of McClanahan in the hit 70s sitcom Maude co-starring with her future Golden Girls’ co-star, Bea Arthur…I remember Rue on Mama’s Family as Aunt Fran…and of course…The Golden Girls for which she won an Emmy in 1987…most recently, Rue co-starred in the feature film, The Fighting Temptations…all my gays will remember her final role as Peggy Ingram, in TV series version of Del Shores’ play and film, Sordid Lives
So farewell and rest in peace you sassy thing!

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