At 1am this morning, Rue McClanahan, who was recovering from a stroke she had earlier this year, suffered a massive stroke and passed away at the age of 76.
A Oklahoma native, Rue moved quite often due to her fathers job (road builder). Rue was the classic example of staying the course. Success was not immediate for this Golden Girl, but she sacrificed, tried to be the best mother she could, and eventually…notariety followed!
Many remember Rue’s appearance on the show “All in the Family” as a wife of a “swinger” couple, but many in the 70’s remember her from her character portrayal of Vivian Harmon, a naive but lovable next door neighbor of Maude (played by Bea Arthur and later future costar of the Golden Girls).
However, much of her cult following comes from her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux in the hit 80’s sitcom “The Golden Girls”. With her sass, southern accent, and love for the opposite sex (or just sex period!), she spiced up our TV Sets and reminded America that you could be Sexy and over 50!
All who knew her, rather it through the TV or by working with her, respected her, loved her, and are truly at a loss for words on this day.
We’ve lost a Golden Girl today…and we are so thankful that she shared her Golden Light with us for a time. Rest in Peace.