Rue McClanahan

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Quotes (2)

  • Rue McClanahan: (about "The Golden Girls") I went into the audition, and I really wanted to play Blanche, but they said, "We want you to read for Rose." And I just thought, "Oh, no, that would be absolute agony if I couldn't play Blanche!" And finally they said, "Why don't you try Blanche?" and I said, "Well, if you insist....."

  • Rue McClanahan: Compassion is the foundation of everything positive, everything good. If you carry the power of compassion to the marketplace and the dinner table, you can make your life really count.

Trivia (27)

  • Rue was the youngest of the four women who starred on The Golden Girls. She is actually 13 years younger than Betty White (Rose) and 12 years younger than Beatrice Arthur (Dorothy) and Estelle Getty (Sophia)!

  • During the casting period for The Golden Girls, Rue was originally asked to read the role of sweet, naive Rose Nylund. Rue really wanted to play Blanche Devereaux, however, and after reading through as Rose, they eventually decided that Blanche was a better part for her.

  • Rue says her father disapproved of some of the risque lines she had to say on The Golden Girls.

  • Rue actually plants fruit trees, picks the fruit and then cans it herself.

  • Rue was named after her mother, Rhuea Nell who owned a beauty shop when Rue was a child.

  • Some of Rue's passions are writing music and plays.

  • Rue was given the nickname "Ruesy" by the cast and crew of The Golden Girls.

  • Rue loves to watch The Simpsons.

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