Biography

A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was an actress noticed by television executive, Norman Lear. Lear cast her in a number of television shows, including "All in the Family" (1971) with 'Carroll OConnor' and "Maude" (1972) with Bea Arthur. McClanahan next co-starred with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Betty White and Carol Burnett in "Mama's Family" (1983) for three years, and after it was canceled by NBC, McClanahan was probably best known for her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, Blanche, in "The Golden Girls" (1985). She once again worked with Bea Arthur and Betty White, and with relative newcomer Estelle Getty. All four of the women won Emmy Awards for their roles. After Bea Arthur left the show after eight seasons, McClanahan, White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in "The Golden Palace" (1992). In the mid-nineties, McClanahan was diagnosed with cancer, but was able to fight it successfully. In addition to lending her talents to a number of made for TV films, McClanahan has also appeared on the big screen in recent years co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the comedy Out to Sea (1997) and with Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers (1997). McClanahan also spends her time joining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and cruelty against animals.

A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was an actress noticed by television executive, Norman Lear. Lear cast her in a number of television shows, including "All in the Family" (1971) with 'Carroll OConnor' and "Maude" (1972) with Bea Arthur. McClanahan next co-starred with Vicki Lawrence, Ken Berry, Betty White and Carol Burnett in "Mama's Family" (1983) for three years, and after it was canceled by NBC, McClanahan was probably best known for her role as the saucy, sharp southern belle, Blanche, in "The Golden Girls" (1985). She once again worked with Bea Arthur and Betty White, and with relative newcomer Estelle Getty. All four of the women won Emmy Awards for their roles. After Bea Arthur left the show after eight seasons, McClanahan, White and Getty returned for a brief spin-off in "The Golden Palace" (1992). In the mid-nineties, McClanahan was diagnosed with cancer, but was able to fight it successfully. In addition to lending her talents to a number of made for TV films, McClanahan has also appeared on the big screen in recent years co-starring with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the comedy Out to Sea (1997) and with Casper Van Dien in Starship Troopers (1997). McClanahan also spends her time joining and helping organizations against cancer, AIDS, and cruelty against animals.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 90

Birthday 1934-02-21

Day of Death 2010-06-03

Place of Birth Healdton, Oklahoma, USA

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Also Known As

  • Patti Leigh
  • Patty Leigh
  • Rhue McClanahan

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Baby of the Bride as Margret Becker-Hix
2008 Generation Gap as Kay
2008 Sordid Lives: The Series(24 episodes) as Peggy Ingram
2005 Back to You and Me as Helen Ludwick
2004 The Tony Danza Show(1 episode)
2004 Wonderfalls(1 episode)
2003 Hope & Faith(1 episode) as Sylvia
2003 The Fighting Temptations as Nancy Stringer
2003 Whoopi(1 episode)
2003 Miracle Dogs as Katherine Mannion
2003 The Golden Girls: Lifetime Intimate Portrait Series
2002 Stage on Screen: The Women as Countess de Lage
2001 Nuncrackers as Reverend Mother
1999 Safe Harbor(11 episodes) as Grandma Loring
1999 The Lot(17 episodes)
1998 Rusty: A Dog's Tale as Edna Callahan
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave(1 episode)
1998 Nunsense 3: The Jamboree as Mother Superior
1997 Starship Troopers as Biology Teacher
1997 Annabelle's Wish as Scarlett (voice)
1997 The View(1 episode)
1997 This World, Then the Fireworks as Mom Lakewood
1997 Out to Sea as Mrs. Ellen Carruthers
1997 King of the Hill(1 episode)
1996 Dear God as Mom Turner
1996 Promised Land(1 episode) as Valerie Carter
1995 A Holiday to Remember as Miz Leona / Clay's Aunt
1994 Spider-Man(2 episodes)
1994 Touched by an Angel(1 episode) as Lila Winslow
1994 Touched by an Angel(1 episode)
1994 Intimate Portrait(1 episode)
1994 Nunsense 2: The Sequel as Rev. Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina
1993 Message from Nam as Beatrice Andrews
1993 Boy Meets World(1 episode) as Bernice Matthews
1993 The John Larroquette Show(1 episode)
1993 Mother of the Bride as Margaret Becker Hix
1993 Nunsense as Rev. Mother Mary Regina
1992 The Golden Palace(24 episodes) as Blanche Devereaux
1991 Nurses(1 episode) as Blanche Devereaux
1990 The Dreamer of Oz as Matilda Electa Joslyn Gage
1990 Children of the Bride as Margret Becker
1990 Law & Order(1 episode)
1990 After the Shock as Sherra Cox
1990 Modern Love as Mrs. Evelyn Parker
1990 Rue McClanahan: The Cat Care Video Guide as Herself
1989 The Wickedest Witch as Avarissa
1989 The Man in the Brown Suit as Suzy Blair
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday as Herself
1988 Empty Nest(1 episode) as Blanche Devereaux
1988 Liberace as Frances Liberace
1987 Das Mädchen mit den Wunderhölzern as Frances Dutton
1987 The Little Match Girl as Frances Dutton
1985 The Golden Girls(185 episodes) as Blanche Devereaux
1984 Crazy like a Fox(1 episode)
1984 Charles in Charge(2 episodes)
1984 Cover Up(1 episode)
1983 Mama's Family(35 episodes) as Frances Marie Crowley
1982 Newhart(1 episode)
1982 American Playhouse(1 episode)
1981 Darkroom(1 episode)
1981 Gimme a Break!(1 episode)
1981 Word of Honor as Maggie McNeill
1980 Here's Boomer(1 episode)
1979 Topper as Clara Topper
1979 Trapper John, M.D.(1 episode)
1979 Sweepstakes(1 episode)
1978 Rainbow as Ida Koverman
1978 Apple Pie(9 episodes) as Ginger-Nell Hollyhock
1978 Apple Pie(9 episodes)
1978 Grandpa Goes to Washington(1 episode)
1978 Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force as Mat's Mother
1978 A Different Approach
1977 The Love Boat(3 episodes)
1977 Lou Grant(1 episode)
1976 Alice(1 episode)
1973 Blade as Gail
1972 Maude(1 episode)
1972 Maude(141 episodes) as Vivian Harmon
1971 Some of My Best Friends Are as Lita Joyce
1971 Hogan's Goat as Josey Finn
1971 They Might Be Giants as Daisy Playfair
1971 All in the Family(1 episode)
1970 The People Next Door as Della
1969 Where the Heart Is(213 episodes) as Margaret Jardin #2
1968 Hollywood After Dark as Sandy
1967 Mannix(1 episode)
1965 Angel's Flight as Dolly (as Rhue McClanahan)
1964 How to Succeed with Girls as Lorena (as Patty Leigh)
1964 Another World(1,668 episodes) as Caroline Johnson
1963 Five Minutes to Love as Sally 'Poochie'
1961 Five Minutes to Live as Pamela
1961 The Grass Eater

Production

1993 Mother of the BrideCo-Executive Producer

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