It was with great sadness that I read that Rue McClanahan has passed at the age of 76. I am most familiar with her as the Southern belle Blanche Devereaux on “The Golden Girls.” According to her manager Barbara Lawrence, she died of a stroke at 1AM June 3rd.
I must admit that beyond her role on the Golden Girls I know very little about her. According to Wikipedia she was one of the first celebrities to support PeTA (Well no one is perfect), and she leaves behind a body of work that includes the stage, film and television.
My condolences to her loved one and to Rue thank you for a having the wit, beauty and charm to play a role that continues to encourage me, amuse me, and delight me. I still watch the Golden Girls and five days a week at 5pm. If you’re close enough pop by and listen to my rendition of the theme song, I promise no glass shatters, but a few dogs may or may not be barking in protest.