Rue McClanahan, who played the can’t-help-but-love-her self-centered slut Blanche Devereaux on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls*, had triple bypass surgery last November 4th. At some point during her recovery she suffered a minor stroke and is currently hospitalized.
Her rep told Entertainment Tonight that the actress is doing “amazingly well” and that “She’s walking and talking and entertaining the staff with her feisty personality. She’s rehabbing and is expected home in about two weeks.”
Ack!! All my Golden Girls are leaving this world!
I realize Rue McClanahan is still alive as is the hilarious Betty White, but still…..what ever will I do? Good thing I have all seven seasons on DVD. Yes, you read that right. So what of it?
The Golden Girls totally kick ass. That’s just a fact.
*In The Golden Girls, broadcast from 1985 until 1992 and as The Golden Palace for one year afterwards, McClanahan portrayed man-crazed Southern belle Blanche Devereaux. Devereaux was the owner of a house inhabited by three roommates: herself, Dorothy Zbornak (Bea Arthur), Rose Nylund (Betty White), and Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty). She received an Emmy Award in 1987 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on The Golden Girls. [source]