Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

Actress Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76 after suffering a major stroke.

Best known as Blanche Devereaux from the 80s sitcom The Golden Girls, McClanahan’s five-decade long career began in 1957 when she landed an Off-Broadway role in New York City. She finally made her Broadway debut, opposite Dustin Hoffman, in a 1969 production of Jimmy Shine, and enjoyed success on a number of TV soaps and sitcoms throughout the 70s and 80s, including Another World, Maude and Mama’s Family.

In an interview with, McClanahan’s manager, Barbara Lawrence, said that the actress “passed away at 1am this morning. She had a massive stroke.

“[McClanahan] had her family with her. She went in peace.”