Rue McClanahan

PROFILE | NEWS

A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was an actress noticed by television executive, Norman Lear. Lear cast her in a number of television shows, including "All in the Family" (1971) with 'Carroll OConnor' and "Maude" (1972) with Bea Arthur. McClanahan next co-starred with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Betty White and Carol Burnett in "Mama's Family" (1983) for three years, and after it was canceled by NBC, McClanahan was probably best known for her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, Blanche, in "The Golden Girls" (1985). She once again worked with Bea Arthur and Betty White, and with relative newcomer Estelle Getty. All four of the women won Emmy Awards for their roles. After Bea Arthur left the show after eight seasons, McClanahan, White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in "The Golden Palace" (1992). In the mid-nineties, McClanahan was diagnosed with cancer, but was able to fight it successfully. In addition to lending her talents to a number of made for TV films, McClanahan has also appeared on the big screen in recent years co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the comedy Out to Sea (1997) and with Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers (1997). McClanahan also spends her time joining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and cruelty against animals.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1989: Suzy Blair - El hombre del traje marrón (Agatha Christie)
1963: Sally 'Poochie' - Five Minutes to Love
1989: Avarissa - The Wickedest Witch
1961: Sandy - Hollywood After Dark
1998: Edna Callahan - Rusty: A Dog's Tale
1995: Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt - A Holiday to Remember
1993: Rev. Mother Mary Regina - Nunsense
2001: Reverend Mother - Nuncrackers
1993: Margaret Becker Hix - Mother of the Bride
1990: Margret Becker - Children of the Bride
1990: Herself - Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide
1982: Barbara Arvey - The Day the Bubble Burst
1986: Flo Owens - Picnic
1990: Laura Carlson - To Μy Daughter
1998: Mrs. Kirby - Border to Border
1971: Josey Finn - Hogan's Goat
1964: Lorena - How to Succeed with Girls
1971: Lita Joyce - Some of My Best Friends Are
1998: Mother Superior - Nunsense 3: The Jamboree
1990: Sherra Cox - After the Shock
1981: Maggie McNeill - Word of Honor
1961: The Grass Eater
1991: Margret Becker-Hix - Baby of the Bride
1979: Clara Topper - Topper
2008: Kay - Generation Gap
1990: Mrs. Evelyn Parker - Modern Love
2005: Helen Ludwick - Back to You & Me
1987: Frances Dutton - The Little Match Girl
The Rimers of Eldritch
1978: Ida Koverman - Rainbow
1978: Mat's Mother - Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force
2003: The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series
2003: Katherine Mannion - Miracle Dogs
1978: A Different Approach
1994: Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina - Nunsense 2: The Sequel
2002: Countess de Lage - Stage on Screen: The Women
1988: Take My Daughters, Please
1971: Daisy Playfair - They Might Be Giants
1990: Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage - The Dreamer of Oz
1978: Gloria Miles - Having Babies III
1965: Dolly - Angel's Flight
1988: Frances Liberace - Liberace
1997: Biology Teacher - Starship Troopers
1997: Mrs. Ellen Carruthers - Out to Sea
1970: Della - The People Next Door
1973: Gail - Blade
1997: Scarlett (voice) - Annabelle's Wish
1993: Beatrice Andrews - Message from Nam
1997: Mom Lakewood - This World, Then the Fireworks
1996: Mom Turner - Dear God
2003: Nancy Stringer - The Fighting Temptations
1961: Pamela - Five Minutes to Live
2010: Herself (archive footage) - Gaze
1988: Herself - Mickey's 60th Birthday

TV CREDITS:
1984: Charles in Charge
1994: Spider-Man
2003: Sylvia - Hope & Faith
1993: Bernice Matthews - Boy Meets World
1977: April Dunlevy - The Love Boat
1971: All in the Family
2004: Wonderfalls
1997: King of the Hill
1972: Vivian Harmon - Maude
1994: Touched by an Angel
1988: Blanche Devereaux - Empty Nest
1992: Blanche Devereaux - The Golden Palace
1994: Lila Winslow - Touched by an Angel
1964: Caroline Johnson - Another World
1981: Darkroom
1991: Blanche Devereaux - Nurses
1999: The Lot
1980: Here's Boomer
1999: Grandma Loring - Safe Harbor
2004: The Tony Danza Show
1977: Lou Grant
1976: Alice
1990: Law & Order
2003: Whoopi
1993: The John Larroquette Show
1979: Trapper John, M.D.
1997: The View
1967: Mannix
1982: Newhart
1984: Cover Up
1981: Gimme a Break!
2008: Peggy Ingram - Sordid Lives: The Series
1984: Crazy like a Fox
1998: The Love Boat: The Next Wave
1996: Valerie Carter - Promised Land
1969: Margaret Jardin #2 - Where the Heart Is
1982: American Playhouse
1979: Sweepstakes
1978: Grandpa Goes to Washington
1983: Frances Marie Crowley - Mama's Family
1985: Blanche Devereaux - The Golden Girls
1994: Intimate Portrait
2009: Celebrity Ghost Stories
1978: Ginger-Nell Hollyhock - Apple Pie
1977: Mary Hubble - The Love Boat
1977: Doris Simpson - The Love Boat