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Rue McClanahan dies, watch 'Golden Girls' clips

"Golden Girls" cast members, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Estelle Getty pose for a photo. McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the show, died June 3, 2010. She was 76. Credit: NBC

Rue McClanahan, one of the "golden girls" and a working TV actress all the way back to  1960, has died.

  People broke the news which received confirmation from her manager. The statement:

"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. She had a massive stroke."

  McClanahan of course played Blanche Deveraux in "The Golden Girls" - the sweet, classy southern belle who was always on the hunt for a man, any man...and who constantly got grief from Sophia (Estelle Getty) and Dorothy (Bea Arthur). Here are some clips...

  Also...McClanahan had a Broadway career too - hardly much compared to her TV one, but she was in a number of plays in the late  '50s. Famously, she also played Madame Muriel Morrible in "Wicked." Lots of fine actresses (JoAnn Worley, Patty Duke) played the role, but Rue was one of the best known. (Morrible? Headmistress of Shiz University.) Check out the clips assembled below by an obviously VERY devoted fan. Rue appears towards the end, at about 7:25 of this clip, but fun to watch  the different styles...She plays it for camp; the others, much more straightforward...

  And course, you gotta get something from "Maude:" Bea Arthur (who died a year ago) and McClanahan were tied together in two major series...




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