My personal favorite "Golden Girl" has passed away. Rue McClanahan, who was 76 years old died of a massive stroke early Thursday morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She had suffered a minor stroke in January while recovering from heart bypass surgery.
She played single southern gal overplaying the field, Blanche Deveraux on the hit show Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992 on NBC. McClanahan won an Emmy in 1987 for her portrayal of Blanche Devereaux, an aging beauty who still had an eye for the fellas. The actress' resume stretches back to the '60s and includes some of TV's most memorable shows, such as "All in the Family," "Maude," "The Love Boat" and "Touched by an Angel." In 2007, she published her memoirs titled My First Five Husbands ... and the Ones Who Got Away."
Betty White is the only surviving Golden Girl at age 88. Who, by the way has had more media attention in the last month than since the Golden Girls days, starring on an episode of SNL and doing several television interviews.
Last year, McClanahan's co-star Beatrice Arthur died from cancer. The wise-cracking Estelle Getty died in 2008.
I'm sure Rue will be missed by many. rest in peace.