Rue McClanahan biography, career, net worth, cause of death

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Who is Rue McClanahan?

Eddi-Rue McClanahan was an American actress and comedian best known for her roles on television as Vivian Harmon on Maude, Aunt Fran Crowley on Mama’s Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987

Rue McClanahan bio

On February 21, 1934, Eddi-Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of builder William Edwin “Bill” McClanahan and beautician Dreda Rheua-Nell (née Medaris). According to reports, her mother’s maiden name was a spelling of the Portuguese or Galician surname Medeiros.

Rue McClanahan education

She grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma; she graduated from Ardmore High School, where she acted in school plays and received the gold medal in oration.

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At the University of Tulsa, where she double-majored in German and theatre and was a member of the National Honor Society, McClanahan received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude. She also joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and served as vice president.

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Rue McClanahan career

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As a member of the Actors Studio, McClanahan started her acting career on stage. At the Pennsylvanian Erie Playhouse, she made her stage debut in 1957 in a rendition of the play “Inherit the Wind.” Also that year, McClanahan started performing in New York City off-Broadway.

McClanahan played a woman who lives in a junkyard in the 1963 movie “Five Minutes to Love,” which was her first leading part on a major motion picture.

She played a stripper and wannabe actress in the exploitation movie “Walk the Angry Beach” later in the decade.

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McClanahan acted in movies including “The People Next Door,” “The Pursuit of Happiness,” “They Might Be Giants,” and “Some of My Best Friends Are…” in the early 1970s.

Her other roles during the decade included “Dear God,” “This World, Then the Fireworks,” “Out to Sea,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Rusty: A Dog’s Tale.”

McClanahan didn’t make a return to the big screen until 1990, when she made an appearance in the comedy “Modern Love.” In 2003, she made an appearance in the musical comedy “The Fighting Temptations.”

Rue McClanahan net worth

Rue McClanahan was an American actress and comedian who had a net worth of $5 million. Rue McClanahan best known for her roles on the television sitcoms “Maude,” “Mama’s Family,” and “The Golden Girls.” For

Rue McClanahan husband and kids

She was survived by her sixth husband, Morrow Wilson (from whom she divorced in 2009), her first-born child, Mark Bish of Austin, Texas, her sister, Melinda Lou McClanahan of Silver City, New Mexico, and various relatives, including her niece, the actress and author Amelia.

Rue McClanahan cause of death

McClanahan had a breast cancer diagnosis in June 1997, and she underwent successful treatment.

Following a brain hemorrhage, McClanahan passed away at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on June 3, 2010, at the age of 76.

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