Golden Girl and Mom Rue McClanahan Passes Away at Age 76


The talented and uproariously funny Rue McClanahan, best known for her role as the promiscuous senior citizen Blanche Devereaux in the Golden Girls, has died at the age of 76. McClanahan, mother of one son, had suffered serious health issues over the last 13 years, including surviving breast cancer, triple bypass heart surgery and a stroke.

McClanahan was married six times: Tom Bish, with whom she had a son, Mark Bish; actor Norman Hartweg; Peter D’Maio; Gus Fisher; and Tom Keel. She married husband Morrow Wilson in 1997. She authored a 2007 memoir “My First Five Husbands … And the Ones Who Got Away.”

The only surviving Golden Girl is the hilarious and still working Betty White, 88. Bea Arthur died last year at age 86 and Estelle Getty passed away in 2008 at age 84.