When I worked on The Golden Girls, my favorite character to write for was Blanche Devereaux, he said Friday. In the hands of lesser actresses Blanche's vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting. But in Rue's brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of T.V. Rue's kindness, generosity and enormous talent will be sorely missed.
Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship, White, 88, said in a statement. It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that's even possible.
The world just got a lot less funnier, not to mention less sexier. Television legend Rue McClanahan died today after suffering a massive stroke. She was 76.
While fans of 80's TV probably know the late McClanahan best as senior sexpot Blanche Deveraux on NBC's smash sitcom hit The Golden Girls, the actress also paid her dues on daytime, with parts on Another World, Where The Heart Is and Love of Life. I personally fell in love with McClahanan while she was portraying Thelma Harper's (Vicki Lawrence) spinster sister Fran on the first season of Mama's Family. When that series was cancelled and later revived in first-run syndication, McClanahan and fellow Mama's Family alum Betty White reteamed up for The Golden Girls, alongside McClanahan's Maude costar Bea Arthur and theater actress Estelle Getty, the rest was pop culture history. READ MORE