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Mr. Laz
06-03-2010, 09:31 AM
Golden Girls Star Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

By Charlotte Triggs and Stephen M. Silverman
<abbr class="published" title="2010-06-03T11:15:00Z">Thursday June 03, 2010 11:15 AM EDT</abbr>
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<!-- end toutImageHTML --> <!-- start articleShareHTML --> <!-- end articleShareHTML --> <!-- start articleHTML --> Golden Girl Rue McClanahan (http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20094976,00.html), 76, has died.

"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. She had a massive stroke."

McClanahan, who played Blanche Deveraux on the still-popular '80s sitcom Golden Girls, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Lawrence added that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace.” <!-- jump -->

Still in syndication, Golden Girls ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. Only last year, McClanahan's costar, Beatrice Arthur, died (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20274866,00.html) from cancer. Estelle Getty died (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20213964,00.html) in 2008. Surviving star Betty White is currently enjoying a remarkable resurgence in her career, having recently hosted Saturday Night Live.

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eazyb81
06-03-2010, 09:39 AM
dennis hopper, gary coleman, rue mcclanahan....they always say it comes in threes.

MoreLemonPledge
06-03-2010, 09:41 AM
Fuck. Betty White better watch herself.

Jilly
06-03-2010, 09:41 AM
awwww...that's sad. She was my favorite.

Lzen
06-03-2010, 09:44 AM
Kinda weird that 3 of them have died in a 2 year span.

Mr. Laz
06-03-2010, 09:47 AM
awwww...that's sad. She was my favorite.

of course u liked the horny golden girl :fire:

Jilly
06-03-2010, 09:51 AM
true story

RedNFeisty
06-03-2010, 09:54 AM
R.I.P. Rue..


Don't worry Jilly, she was my favorite as well.

CHENZ A!
06-03-2010, 10:33 AM
She was the hot one for sure.
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teedubya
06-03-2010, 10:36 AM
Thank you for being a friend.

Saggysack
06-03-2010, 11:12 AM
Kinda weird that 3 of them have died in a 2 year span.

Old people tend to die

Baby Lee
06-03-2010, 11:20 AM
It always cracked me up that, for how reserved my grandmother was and is, her two 'must see' shows that I can recall [outside of Lawrence Welk and Johnny Carson] were Three's Company and The Golden Girls, two of the more 'risque' sitcoms of their respective times.

Ebolapox
06-03-2010, 11:29 AM
I guess I can no longer use the 'the biggest gift will be from me' penis joke.

RIP, rue.

Dave Lane
06-03-2010, 12:02 PM
She is going to rue this day.

Fairplay
06-03-2010, 12:21 PM
She was hot!

big nasty kcnut
06-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Betty white is not human. She'll outlive us all.

Pushead2
06-03-2010, 01:03 PM
:( what a shame

Inspector
06-03-2010, 01:23 PM
dennis hopper, gary coleman, rue mcclanahan....they always say it comes in threes.

Four this time.

Art Linkletter.

Or maybe that was only noticed by us old farts.

DaKCMan AP
06-03-2010, 01:33 PM
Tony Kornheiser is crushed.

Ralphy Boy
06-03-2010, 02:24 PM
It always cracked me up that, for how reserved my grandmother was and is, her two 'must see' shows that I can recall [outside of Lawrence Welk and Johnny Carson] were Three's Company and The Golden Girls, two of the more 'risque' sitcoms of their respective times.

Golden Girls was "risque"?????????????????

I must have not realized that.

Sweet Daddy Hate
06-03-2010, 03:19 PM
WTF is a "Rue"?

CHENZ A!
06-03-2010, 03:23 PM
WTF is a "Rue"?

Butter and flour mainly
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Sweet Daddy Hate
06-03-2010, 03:27 PM
Butter and flour mainly
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LMAO

So did she have a tasty Rue-Rue, then? :evil:

Demonpenz
06-03-2010, 05:25 PM
Leslie Nielson

Rain Man
06-03-2010, 05:34 PM
I'd never seen the Golden Girls until a couple years back when they were rerunning after some show I'd like and I didn't bother changing the channel. (It just seemed like so much hassle to pick up the remote...)

It was actually pretty funny. It seemed like one of the four got a marriage proposal every other episode, which seemed kind of suspicious, and there was less of the scorching, dead loneliness that I associate with old age, but in a way that was kind of heartening as I consider my own future.

Terribilis
06-03-2010, 05:36 PM
dennis hopper, gary coleman, rue mcclanahan....they always say it comes in threes.
NUMBER 3! WHY MUST YOU DEMAND YOUR BLOOD SACRIFICE?!?!

ILChief
06-03-2010, 05:44 PM
Golden Girls was "risque"?????????????????

I must have not realized that.


The Golden Girls was ahead of its time. It tackled topics like sex, divorce, death, adultery, interracial dating (in a serious manner, not honky jokes like the Jeffersons), and other controversial times way before any other sitcom. It's one of the few shows from the 80s you can watch today and it doesn't seem like it's 20+ years old.

Rain Man
06-03-2010, 05:45 PM
dennis hopper, gary coleman, rue mcclanahan....they always say it comes in threes.


I would've cast them in a movie together. That'd be a great trio for some kind of road movie.

Gadzooks
06-03-2010, 06:56 PM
I should put this in the "Would you?" thread:
http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/j/Rue%20McClanahan.jpg
A young Rue McClanahan

Bane
06-03-2010, 07:12 PM
I should put this in the "Would you?" thread:
http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/j/Rue%20McClanahan.jpg
A young Rue McClanahan

R.I.P....
That would be a yes.
Now that we have that out of the way......

JD10367
06-03-2010, 08:18 PM
I'd hit it.

soopamanluva
06-03-2010, 08:26 PM
Four this time.

Art Linkletter.

Or maybe that was only noticed by us old farts.

5

Ollie Woodson from the temptations died this week

MoreLemonPledge
06-03-2010, 08:45 PM
Her character was always such a slut on the show. I would have.

Fairplay
06-03-2010, 09:03 PM
Skip is crushed, simply crushed.

Fairplay
06-03-2010, 09:06 PM
Look at all that blush on her face, dang.

Sweet Daddy Hate
06-04-2010, 11:15 AM
Leslie Nielson

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Damn you, Beavis. :mad::p

Skip is crushed, simply crushed.

ROFL

stumppy
06-04-2010, 11:22 AM
Damn, thats too bad. Her character on GG's was my favorite kind of woman. Easy !

Baby Lee
06-04-2010, 11:51 AM
Golden Girls was "risque"?????????????????

I must have not realized that.

For it's time on primetime network TV, what little I saw of it. It was a good bit of elderly sex jokes and transforming Betty White's youth into a string of 'Mary Jane' jokes. And Rue's character was SatC's Samantha before Samantha.

It and Married w/Children were the two most sexual innuendo centered sitcoms of the time.

I mean it's not debauched or sleazy, and it's certainly been surpassed in years since, but it did have a stag/burlesque vibe to it's humor. Again, what little I saw.

And in the interest of further hedging, I was talking in terms of the juxtoposition of my Gma's demeanor and what she chose as her FAVORITE shows. Seinfeld, Cheers, Family Ties, Cosby Show, Dynasty, Dallas, etc, etc., could be showing their strongest shows and Gma wouldn't be bothered to turn her head, but if GG or 3'sComp were on, even in reruns, and she was front and center.

Demonpenz
06-04-2010, 11:54 AM
Bee Aurther in a burlesque show mmmm

Baby Lee
06-04-2010, 12:03 PM
Bee Aurther in a burlesque show mmmm

Burlesque meaning dick jokes, not fan dancing.

Cave Johnson
06-04-2010, 01:21 PM
LULZ.

journeyscarab
06-04-2010, 01:26 PM
LULZ.

ROFL:clap:

SNR
06-04-2010, 07:45 PM
That's a shame. Estelle was my favorite, constantly calling Blanche a slut. But you needed Blanche to make that joke work, and Rue was perfect for it. She'll be missed.

The future looks bleak for Betty White, btw.

Ebolapox
06-04-2010, 07:48 PM
Bee Aurther in a burlesque show mmmm

ooh, got any nudes?

Sweet Daddy Hate
06-06-2010, 05:28 PM
ooh, got any nudes?

This thread just got teh hawt!