Rue McClanahan

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Rue McClanahan

McClanahan in 2007
Born Eddi-Rue McClanahan[1]
February 21, 1934(1934-02-21)
Healdton, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died June 3, 2010(2010-06-03) (aged 76)
New York City, U.S.
Cause of death Brain hemorrhage
Education Ardmore High School
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Occupation Actress, comedienne, author
Years active 1957–2010
Television Maude,
Mama's Family,
The Golden Girls
Spouse Tom Bish
(m. 1958-1959; divorced)
Norman Hartweg
(m. 1959-1961; divorced)
Peter DeMaio
(m. 1964-1971; divorced)
Gus Fisher
(m. 1976-1979; divorced)
Tom Keel
(m.1984-1985; divorced)
Morrow Wilson
(m.1997-2010; her death)

Rue McClanahan (February 21, 1934 – June 3, 2010) was an American actress. She acted in several television sitcoms, most notably The Golden Girls. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1987. She also starred in Mama's Family. McClanahan died of a stroke.

McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan.[1] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Tulsa.

She began acting on off-Broadway in New York City in 1957. Her Broadway début was in 1969. She was in the musical, Jimmy Shine. Dustin Hoffman was in the title role.

Her autobiography, My First Five Husbands ... and the Ones Who Got Away, was released in 2007.[2]

Nominations and awards[change | edit source]

Emmy Award Nominations:

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: The Golden Girls (1986)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: The Golden Girls (1987) (Won)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: The Golden Girls (1988)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: The Golden Girls (1989)

Golden Globe Nominations:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical for: The Golden Girls (1986)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical for: The Golden Girls (1987)
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical for: The Golden Girls (1988)

Obie Awards (off-Broadway):

  • Best Actress for Who's Happy Now (1969) (won)

Golden Apple Awards:

  • Female Star of the Year for: The Golden Girls (1986) (won)

TV Land Awards:

  • Pop Culture Award for: The Golden Girls (2008) (won)
  • Quintessential Non-Traditional Family for: The Golden Girls (2003) (won)

Television work[change | edit source]

Filmography[change | edit source]

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