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Rue McClanahan: 1934-2010
Posted: Friday, June 04, 2010

Another Golden Girl is gone, leaving only Betty White as the show's legacy. Rue McClanahan, who's best known for her role as Blanche Devereaux on the '80s sitcom, died of a stroke at the age of 76 early Thursday morning. McClanahan survived breast cancer in 1997, then had bypass surgery late last year, after which she suffered a mild stroke. Her death follows that of Estelle Getty in 2008, then Bea Arthur's last year. McClanahan started her career in soaps, then moved on to Maude with fellow Golden Girl Bea Arthur in the 1970s, then she won an Emmy for her turn as the sassy Southerner on Golden Girls. She moved on to Broadway, starring in Wicked, then her last role was on the Logo channel on its series, Sordid Lives. She was known for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of animal rights off-screen. Her fellow animal-rights activist and costar Betty White, who is enjoying a career resurgence with appearances on Saturday Night Live and Hot in Cleveland, a new TVLand series, thankfully is still going strong. Thank you for being a friend, Rue.

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