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With the death of Rue McClanahan and the recent rise to superstardom of Betty White, I’ve had a whole lot of “Golden Girls” on the brain. I can’t believe Betty is the last friend standing. In honor of the ladies of 6151 Richmond Street, I plan to curl up with Rue’s memoir and eat some cheesecake this weekend. We learned so much from the girls—about friendship, love, and even about ourselves. After the jump, what your favorite “Golden Girl” says about you. Keep reading »
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 »
“They have a sense of being at home, always wearing different robes and nightgowns. For me it’s one of the greatest shows ever. Helmut Lang loves ‘The Golden Girls’ too. He told me he used to rush home to watch it. It’s very uplifting and fresh, it just takes you away from the fashionable world.”
— André Leon Talley, Vogue’s editor-at-large, talks with Time Out New York about his favorite show. “The September Issue,” a feature-length documentary that goes behind the scenes of the Vogue offices during the creation of the September 2007 issue of the magazine — the largest of any magazine to date — opens today in New York City and nationwide on September 11. Keep reading »