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Rue McClanahan Has Died

Sit down. I have something to tell you. Rue McClanahan died this morning after a massive stroke. She was 76. As Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls,” Rue cracked us up as the resident man-eater and showed us how sexy shoulder pads and sequins could be. The character wasn’t so far off from her real-life persona. “People always ask me if I’m like Blanche,” Rue once said. “Well, Blanche was an oversexed, self-involved, man-crazy, vain Southern belle from Atlanta—and I’m not from Atlanta.” (For the record: she’s from Oklahoma.) By the time Rue started filming “The Golden Girls,” at age 51 in 1985, she had already had five husbands. She wrote about this in her memoir My First Five Husbands…and the Ones Who Got Away. “It was a quiet kind of desperation,” she said. “I always thought I had to have a man.” She married actor Morrow Wilson in 1997 and stayed with him until this year. Rue survived breast cancer, and had some health problems last January—while recovering from heart bypass surgery, she had a minor stroke—but had been on the mend.

We hope Rue is sitting in the great living room in the sky with Sophia (Estelle Getty, who died in 2008) and Dorothy (Bea Arthur, who died last year). We can’t believe that Betty White is now the only surviving “Golden Girl.” Thank you for being a friend, Rue! You’ll be missed. [E! Online] Keep reading »

The Inspiration Board: Blanche Devereaux

News of Rue McClanahan’s stroke — get well soon, Rue! — got me thinking about her “Golden Girls” character. Blanche Devereaux was by far my favorite roommate on the hit show because she had a sexy spunk that her golden years couldn’t temper. She knew how to saunter into a room, getting the full attention of every silver-haired fox within arm’s reach. Blanche was flashy. Sequins and satin were her fashion mainstays, but she also had a great collection of billowy loungewear. Items inspired by her, after the jump! Keep reading »

Quickies: “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan Is So Over “SATC” & A Cult Leader Gets Naked For Authorities

  • Rue McClanahan from the “Golden Girls” says the “Sex and the City” women aren’t on her level. [TMZ] — I love how she looks the paparazzo up and down as he asks her if she’s still a mack.
  • Amy Poehler will return to her comedic anchor seat alongside Seth Meyers for “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursdays” tonight before the premieres of “Parks and Recreation” and “30 Rock.” [The Frisky] — I just love her and can watch “Baby Mama” over and over.

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Quote Of The Day: Rue McClanahan Admires Blanche

“Blanche is a role model. She’s free. She follows her own rules and moves to her own drummer. She had a wonderful, optimistic outlook. She was sort of like Scarlett O’ Hara, saying, ‘Oh, well, tomorrow is another day.’” — Rue McClanahan on The Golden Girls‘ Blanche Devereaux Keep reading »

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